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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Sarah Kogan

Changing the Landscape

  • 12 April — 17 September 2016 *on now

Supported using public funds by the National Lottery through the Arts Council England, Changing the Landscape follows Rifleman Barney Griew's first hand account of his journey from Hackney, London to Northern France, training to become a mapmaker and scout in the five months preceding his death on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

During this journey, Barney sent home over 180 illustrated letters, photographs and photographic postcards, often writing more than three times a day for five months - leaving us a unique, multifaceted, three-dimensional view of the run up to the battle.

Unusually, this unpublished archive is interpreted by Barney’s great-niece Kogan, who was originally read the letters as a child by her grandmother, Barney’s sister Fanny. The exhibition includes items and extracts of text from Barney’s unpublished archive, artworks generated by Kogan, archival material from The National Archives and a specially commissioned four part digital video installation by filmmaker Jeremy Bubb.

Changing the Landscape project includes a multimedia visual arts exhibition, education and talks programme.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Pipe roll

Pipe Roll Society Lecture 2016: Government and record keeping in the Middle Ages

  • 28 June 2016 6-7:30pm

The Pipe Roll Society is one of the leading academic societies for the study of medieval government and records in the 12th and 13th centuries. Every year, an expert speaker from the Society gives a lecture on an aspect of medieval history, followed by lively debate.


Ottoman Empire

‘A test of support’: The end of Ottoman neutrality, 1913-14

  • 30 June 2016 2-3pm

What led the Ottoman Empire to join Germany and her allies in the First World War? Find out how a matrix of seemingly unrelated events and foreign policies – including the machinations of then First Sea Lord Winston Churchill – ultimately pushed Turkish leaders to leave neutrality behind and join the Central Powers.

Our collection of First World War records is one of the largest in the world. It includes, amongst many other documents, service records, letters, diaries, maps and photographs.

During the centenary we are opening up this collection and hosting a variety of events and exhibitions, engaging in key debates and topics from the war.


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The National Archives




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