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Bank holiday closure

We will be closed for the bank holiday weekend from 17:00 on Friday 28 August to 09:00 on Tuesday 1 September. Find more information about our opening...

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Latest top secret MI5 files released

Today we have made available to the public 102 previously top secret files from the UK Security Service – sometimes known as MI5. The files reveal...

Tags: cold war, document release, file release, mi5, second world war, security service

Call for papers for First World War conference

We are inviting researchers to contribute to a lively exchange of ideas at a three-day event at The National Archives in September 2016. Examining...

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Newly digitised records complete story of naval careers

We are pleased to announce the release of two newly-digitised series of naval service records, ADM 362 and ADM 363. These particular documents are...

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More Cabinet Office files from 1986 released

Over 300 files from 1986, recently transferred by the Cabinet Office to The National Archives, are now available in our reading rooms. They include...

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Newly accredited archive services – July 2015

The UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee is pleased to announce that the following archive services have been awarded accredited status at the recent...

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office files from 1983 released

Over 1,000 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) records from 1983 are now available to view in the reading rooms at The National Archives. This release...

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Online volunteers unearth details from Merchant Navy Crew Lists for 1915

Today marks the completion of an online volunteer project between The National Maritime Museum and The National Archives and the Crew List Index Project...

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1.9 million historic criminal records published online for the first time

Over 1.9 million crime and punishment records, held by The National Archives, have been digitised and made available online by family history website...

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Magna Carta on display at Great Lincolnshire Exhibition

Following on from the display in our Keeper’s Gallery, our 1225 Magna Carta will now form a central part of a summer-long exhibition in Lincoln. The...

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Discover new archive collections from around the UK and Ireland

We are pleased to announce that the results of the Accessions to Repositories 2014 survey are now available on our website. Accessions to Repositories...

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The National Archives receives first born-digital records from government departments

Today, as part of The National Archives’ pioneering digital transfer project, the first born-digital records have been transferred from a government...

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