The National Archives

The National Archives




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020 8876 3444

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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

CLOSED Sunday, Monday
Tues, Thurs 09.00-19.00
Wed, Fri, Sat 09.00-17.00

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
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.
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Webinar: Tracing British battalions or regiments during the First World War

  • 11 June 2014 4-5pm

Unit war diaries, trench maps and photographs are just some of the sources held in The National Archives. This webinar looks at how to find these records, using Discovery, our online catalogue, and use them.

David Langrish graduated in War Studies from the University of Kent and is a member of the military records team.

This is an online event see the detsails below for registration.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15


You will need to register in advance. Registering is quick and easy - simply send your name and email address to, and choose the topic(s) that you are interested in. You will then receive an email with a link to view the webinar at the scheduled time, along with detailed instructions on logging in.

Each session will also be recorded and made available to view after the event. Further information will follow on viewing pre-recorded webinars.


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Conference: War and peace - Diplomacy, Espionage and the First World War

  • 28 June 2014 9am-6pm

This one-day conference kicks off First World War 100, our centenary programme. We will be looking at a number of diplomatic aspects of the war, from build-up through to the peace process via intelligence gathering and espionage.

We will be announcing the full programme and booking for this conference soon - sign up for our enewsletter (see link below) to be among the first to hear about it.


Details and costs tbc.


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.