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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Archives at Night: Victorian Crime

Archives at Night: Victorian Crime

  • 28 October 2016 6:30-10pm
Sorry, fully booked


Crime. Punishment. Corruption…

This Halloween, delve into the Victorian underworld at our very special Museums at Night event!

Using original material from our records, discover the true stories behind some of the most high-profile Victorian criminal cases – such as Jack the Ripper, the Spanish swindle, the trial and imprisonment of Oscar Wilde and Murder at Road Hill House (inspiration behind bestselling book The Suspicions of Mr Whicher) - as well as the evolving roles of prison and punishment across the 19th century. Come with us on a journey into the corrupt and sometimes gruesome underbelly of Victorian Britain.

A full evening of entertainment…

- Performances
- Document display of original crime records
- Themed cocktail bar with mixologist and Victorian ‘street food’
- Victorian street entertainment including magician, music and performers
- Talks by experts in Victorian crime
- Photo booth
- Prizes and giveaways

Ticket price includes Victorian 'street food' and a free welcome drink.

More activities will be added to the programme, which is subject to change. Keep an eye on our events page for more information.

These evening events are very popular so book now to guarantee your place. Please note, this event is suitable for adults only (18+).

This event is part of the nationwide Museums at Night campaign.

Suitable for

  • 18+




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The National Archives




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