The National Archives

Front entrance of The National Archives
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The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, guaranteeing public access to over 1000 years of history with records ranging from parchment and paper scrolls through to digital files and archived websites. We are also at the heart of government information policy, to ensure the survival of today´s information for the future.

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Opening hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

Closed Sunday and Monday

Admission charges


Archives of the British government covering over a thousand years of world history and all seven continents from Arctic explorers and Middle Eastern embassies to papal bulls and the photographic collections of Colonial administrations.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Social History, Photography, Maritime, Law and Order, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Domesday Book
  • Magna Carta
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Valor Ecclesiasticus
  • Victorian photographs
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Image of swans at night outside The National Archives building.

Archives at Night

  • 15 May 2015 6:30-9:30pm

Join us for a very special event exploring some of the personal stories of the First World War, and a unique opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes at one of the world's biggest archives.

Actor Stephen McGann (Call the Midwife) hosts the evening, reading key documents aloud and speaking about his own moving journey into investigating his family's involvement in the war. Leading historian and author Richard van Emden will also speak about his research into the lives of the men who fought, and how archives provide unique insight into historical events.

Refreshments will be available, along with a range of other exciting activities that should appeal to anyone with an interest in learning more about this historic conflict. We'll also be running some behind the scenes tours on a first come, first served basis.

This event is part of The National Archives' First World War 100 programme.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Full price - £10.00

Friends of The National Archives - £8.00

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The National Archives




020 8876 3444

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