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100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth, 18 July 1918

Nelson Mandela was born at Mvezo, a village near Umtata, Transkei (now Eastern Cape) on 18 July 1918 into the royal lineage of the Thembu people. In this remote... read more

The Home Guard

In June 1940, following a scrambled evacuation of troops at Dunkirk, the Second World War was brought home to Britain. As Hitler’s Luftwaffe initiated its bom... read more

Where do I start my research?

Here at The National Archives, we are asked questions covering a huge range of research topics. Sitting behind our enquiries desk, it can be quite daunting as m... read more

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What’s new in UK archives?

Whether it be a gigabyte of data, a single file or 230 boxes of papers, UK archives actively collect records to enable stories of the past to be told. By managi... read more

Archive Service Accreditation: refreshed and reopened for business

I’m so pleased to say that a refreshed Archive Service Accreditation reopens today, almost exactly five years from the first publication of the standard in Ju... read more

‘That Point of Land Opposite’: Kowloon and the founding of Hong Kong

Over the past couple of months, The National Archives has been putting online our record series FO 17, Foreign Office correspondence for China between 1815 and... read more

The Home Guard

In June 1940, following a scrambled evacuation of troops at Dunkirk, the Second World War was brought home to Britain. As Hitler’s Luftwaffe initiated its bom... read more

A new look for The National Archives’ shop

Over the last May Bank Holiday there was banging and crashing in The National Archives as we worked refresh the layout of the shop. If you have not visited yet... read more

Digitising images on seal moulds: an exciting resource

Our Collection Care department is giving a new lease of life to a set of 19th and 20th century moulds of seals. This collection of over 6,500 moulds includes de... read more

Trustworthy technology: the future of digital archives

If you wanted to watch one of your old video tapes, would you be able to? Do you still watch your DVD collection, or do you prefer to stream movies now? The tec... read more

Data Protection law changes – help us to help you

By the end of May, the new Data Protection Bill is expected to pass into law, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998. This follows new privacy legislation at Eu... read more

Digital archiving: the seven pillars of metadata

Two of the key challenges facing The National Archives in the digital age are the need to provide new ways of accessing digital archival records the desire to... read more

100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth, 18 July 1918

Nelson Mandela was born at Mvezo, a village near Umtata, Transkei (now Eastern Cape) on 18 July 1918 into the royal lineage of the Thembu people. In this remote... read more

Where do I start my research?

Here at The National Archives, we are asked questions covering a huge range of research topics. Sitting behind our enquiries desk, it can be quite daunting as m... read more

Behind the scenes of organising an exhibition: Modern Brazilian Paintings (1944)

Recently, the Sala Brasil Arts Centre at the Embassy of Brazil hosted the exhibition ‘The Art of Diplomacy: Brazilian Modernism Painted for War‘. I... read more

Exploring new ways of visualising The National Archives’ First World War diaries

Since 2014, The National Archives has been opening up our collection of handwritten First World War diaries, which document the story of the British Army and... read more

Digitising images on seal moulds: an exciting resource

Our Collection Care department is giving a new lease of life to a set of 19th and 20th century moulds of seals. This collection of over 6,500 moulds includes de... read more

Machine learning in the archives

At our site at Kew, and in deep storage in a salt mine in Cheshire, The National Archives holds a total of around 200 kilometres of paper documents spanning al... read more