Selection and transfer process foundation course

This one-day course is for staff from government departments and public record bodies’ information and records management teams who are involved in the appraisal, management and processing of all government information for transfer to The National Archives. The course provides an overview of the whole process for the management of public records, from selection to transfer, and explains the reasoning behind the processes.

This course does not cover in detail how to select or appraise records, what to do for cataloguing and preparing records for transfer to The National Archives or how to manage digital records.

What the course covers

  • The role of The National Archives and the way it works with government to promote good information management and ensure that information of historical value is preserved for the future
  • Why the transfer process is important and why it exists
  • An introduction to the legal framework of public records
  • A tour of the The National Archives’ reading rooms and repositories


11 September 2014 – course full

6 November 2014 – course full

Applicants will be placed on a waiting list.


One day

Course code



Courses are free of charge. Tea and coffee will be provided, but not lunch. Attendees are welcome to use The National Archives’ restaurant.


The National Archives, Kew


To reserve a place on the course, please complete the online booking form