The National Archives – full of national treasures, and a national treasure itself. The Friends of The National Archives is a registered charity and voluntary organisation, dedicated to supporting the role played by The National Archives in the preservation and utilisation of the nation’s records, in a relationship stretching back over 26 years.
The Friends organisation was set up in 1988, at the then Public Record Office, and launched at a conference celebrating 150 years of the archives. The founding objectives, that remain our guiding principles today, are to educate the public in the knowledge of public and other records, and to promote and assist the work of The National Archives through fundraising and practical support.
Over the last 26 years the Friends have provided vital assistance to numerous projects, through our volunteers and financial support, enabling records of all kinds and classes to be conserved, preserved, catalogued, calendared, indexed, and made accessible. We have part-funded conferences, seminars and other events at Kew. Many thousands of pounds and hours have been devoted to many projects over the years ranging from PROB 12 – Index to the Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills and administrations, to those recently completed: MH 47- Central Military Service Tribunal and Middlesex Appeal Tribunal during WWI and HO 250 – Civil Defence Gallantry Awards during WWII.