Cataloguing and preparation masterclass

We offer a one-day course for staff from government departments and public record bodies that transfer records to The National Archives. It is specifically aimed at staff currently undertaking the work of cataloguing and preparing records selected for permanent preservation in The National Archives. The objectives are to help cataloguing and preparation staff in government departments understand The National Archives’ standards, to broaden their knowledge of The National Archives’ online catalogue, and to enable them to catalogue and prepare records according to The National Archives’ defined standards.

This course is only open to staff working in government departments who are involved in cataloguing and preparing records selected for permanent preservation at The National Archives.

What the course covers

  • Detail of the overall transfer process, which is the process of cataloguing and physically preparing records, uplifting them to The National Archives, and subsequently making them available to members of the public
  • An explanation of the structure of the online catalogue, and advice and guidance on how to use it
  • Detailed work regarding The National Archives’ cataloguing principles and standards
  • Intensive, hands-on cataloguing and preparation exercises
  • Specific advice for participants’ issues and needs


15 October 2015 – FULLY BOOKED


One day


Courses are free of charge.


The National Archives, Kew


Applications to attend this course should be submitted by the Departmental Record Officer for your organisation. If you would like to reserve a place on this course, please can you ask your Departmental Record Officer to email this request to