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
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.
Richmond borough

Demystifying the archives: Richmond Borough at war

  • 27 September 2016 6-7pm *on now

This joint talk, between The National Archives and Richmond Local Studies, will show you how to get the most out of archives.

Using original documents and case studies about Richmond Borough during the First and Second World Wars, you will discover how records held by two different organisations can link together in fascinating and often revealing ways.


Jonathan Dimbleby

The Battle of the Atlantic, a talk by Jonathan Dimbleby

  • 4 October 2016 7-8pm

The Battle of the Atlantic was the single most important campaign of the Second World War. Victory or defeat for Britain hung on the outcome of this six-year long struggle for supremacy in the Atlantic.

In this talk, broadcaster and acclaimed author Jonathan Dimbleby will show how Britain's success in the Battle of the Atlantic led to the allied victory in 1945. Through extraordinary personal diaries and letters written by both sailors and politicians, he will tell the epic story of how the allies won the war.


Full price: £10.00
Friends of The National Archives: £8.00


Jeff James, CEO

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities 2016

  • 10 — 12 October 2016

The National Archives and Research Libraries UK are delighted to announce that registration is now open for this year’s Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities Conference – Collections, connections, collaborations: From potential to impact.

In the last decade, notions of impact have risen to the forefront of discourse and debate within the heritage, research, and academic sectors. As budgets across the heritage sector have retracted, organisations of every size and shape have had to review their working practices, and look at qualifying and quantifying the impact of their collections and activities, and their relation to wider social, cultural and economic agendas.

Simultaneously, academics, research bodies, and universities are actively considering the social, cultural and economic impact of their research, and are exploring innovative ways through which this can be demonstrated, as a part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Heritage and cultural organisations have shown themselves as valuable partners in the achievement, dissemination, and demonstration of impact for academic research, not as passive “routes to market”, but as valuable co-creators.

This year’s conference will bring together more than 70 speakers to discuss these issues and explore the varied and innovative ways in which archives, museums, libraries, and academia can help realise the potential of collections and translate this into social, cultural, and economic impact. Keynote speakers include:
• Nicola Wright (Director of LSE Library Services)
• Professor Carenza Lewis (Professor for the Public Understanding of Research, University of Lincoln).

There will also be a pre-conference reception at The Lowry on the Monday evening and on Tuesday the conference dinner will be held in the spectacular surroundings of the Imperial War Museum North.

So please join us for what will be a fascinating two and a half-days of discussion, debate and networking.


The Lowry
Pier 8, Salford Quays
M50 3AZ


£50 full conference/£30 day-rate (please note booking fees will apply)


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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