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Lady Jane Grey’s correspondence

Lady Jane Grey is perhaps the least known English queen of the sixteenth century and, at times, has been written off as an aberration, despite being monarch for... read more

Opening up our prisoner of war collection

In December 2014, the Ministry of Defence transferred to The National Archives the series of records WO 416 consisting of an estimated 190,000 records of indivi... read more

Digital apprentices at The National Archives

In July, five Software Developers from the National College of Digital Skills (ADA) joined The National Archives for a two-year apprenticeship as part of their... read more

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A Year in Archives 2017

Today marks the launch of our annual publication celebrating the work of the archives sector: ‘A Year in Archives’. As always, this year’s publication exp... read more

Archive Service Accreditation – over 100 accredited archives!

This is Explore Your Archives week and today we have a fantastic occasion to celebrate. At the most recent Archive Service Accreditation Panel, 18 new archive s... read more

Bringing archives into art: Drawing the Bombay Plague

Today we are celebrating all things #archivescience by looking a special commission for Wellcome Collection’s exhibition ‘Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Ind... read more

Opening up our prisoner of war collection

In December 2014, the Ministry of Defence transferred to The National Archives the series of records WO 416 consisting of an estimated 190,000 records of indivi... read more

Digital apprentices at The National Archives

In July, five Software Developers from the National College of Digital Skills (ADA) joined The National Archives for a two-year apprenticeship as part of their... read more

New Year reads: The Secret Life of Bletchley Park

Winston Churchill said in June 1940, ‘We shall fight on the beaches’… and so we did, but we also fought in the huts at Bletchley Park, one of Winston&... read more

The generation game: evolving with the digital record

We’ve had quite a lot of practice at being an archive: we’ve been looking after the public record for over 150 years. Most of the fundamentals of archival p... read more

Relationship building: records management and cyber security

It is vital that records management and cyber security experts work closely together to ensure that information is handled responsibly…... read more

New digital continuity guidance

Digital continuity is the ability to use information in the way you need, for as long as you need…... read more

Lady Jane Grey’s correspondence

Lady Jane Grey is perhaps the least known English queen of the sixteenth century and, at times, has been written off as an aberration, despite being monarch for... read more

Opening up our prisoner of war collection

In December 2014, the Ministry of Defence transferred to The National Archives the series of records WO 416 consisting of an estimated 190,000 records of indivi... read more

The civil servant’s tale: Geoffrey Chaucer in the archives (part three)

In part one and part two of this blog series I’ve been tracing the history of the ‘real’ Geoffrey Chaucer – the man behind the Canterbury T... read more

How to read 43,000 cabinet papers

I used to spend a chunk of my time pretending to be Winston Churchill on Twitter: @ukwarcabinet. This was mostly a rewarding and interesting occupation for me,... read more

How do you move a web archive?

Today is the very first International Digital Preservation Day, organised by our colleagues at the Digital Preservation Coalition. The day is a celebration of a... read more

Peeling away an outdated conservation treatment

In the Collection Care Department we are responsible for preserving the documents stored at The National Archives and ensuring that the public can access them.... read more