Researching here

Find information on our on site and offsite research facilities to help you make the most of your visit to The National Archives.

Some records are available to access online and you can apply for a reader’s ticket online too, which will enable you to access these records.

Our Reference Library contains over 65,000 printed and online sources, in addition to our collection of records. Find out more.

Are you using archives for the first time? Here are some tips for getting started with your research.

To help us preserve the records for future generations, please observe our guidance for using the reading rooms and handling documents.

As the official public archive of the United Kingdom government, we hold records covering more than 1,000 years of history.

Find out about viewing and ordering documents in our reading rooms.

You may need a reader’s ticket to view certain documents. Get more information about how to apply for one or renew your existing one.

Order documents online before you visit to save time when you arrive.

Libraries are often the best place to start archival research. Our library is open to the public for browsing and reference only.

Everyone visiting The National Archives has a responsibility to preserve the documents in our care.