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Bank holiday opening times

We will be closed to the public from 17:00 on Friday 26 August until Monday 29 August inclusive. We will reopen on Tuesday 30 August at 09:00. Our...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office files from 1984 and 1985 released

More than 1,000 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) records from 1984 and 1985 are now available to view in the reading rooms at The National Archives....

Tags: file release, foreign affairs, foreign off

Archives at Night: Victorian Crime announced

Crime. Punishment. Corruption… On Friday 28 October, delve into the Victorian underworld at our very special Museums at Night event! Using original...

Tags: crime, event, museums at night, Victorian, what's on

Shakespeare’s will on display in our Keeper’s Gallery

Until 3 September Following its display at the By Me William Shakespeare exhibition at Kings College, London and most recently at the Shakespeare Birthplace...

Tags: by me william shakespeare, conservation, research, shakespeare's will

Sign up for our Discovery workshops

Do you use Discovery, our catalogue? Can you help us make it even better? We are keen to understand how you are currently using Discovery and how...

Tags: discovery, feedback, public, research, survey

Read our annual report and accounts 2015-16

The thirteenth annual report and accounts for The National Archives are now available online, where you can read about our highlights during 2015-16. This...

New ministerial appointments

Our parent department the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has welcomed a number of new Ministers.

Document release

More files from 1986-88 released

Today we released more files from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office, spanning the years 1986-88. The files are available to view...

Tags: 1986, 1987, 1988, cabinet office, file release, prime minister's office

Committee announces newly Accredited Archive Services

Over fifty archive services have now achieved accredited status since the launch of Archive Service Accreditation in 2013. Accredited archive services...

Tags: accreditation, archive service accreditation

Shakespeare’s will heads to Stratford

One of our most important original documents relating to William Shakespeare is set to return to his hometown for the very first time since it was written...

Tags: conservation, exhibition, Shakespeare, shakespeare's will

Voices of the Home Fronts programme announced

The National Archives, together with the Everyday Lives in War Engagement Centre - on behalf of the five national World War One Engagement Centres funded...

Tags: conference, first world war, home front

Somme told through newly digitised war diaries

Research carried out by staff at The National Archives into newly digitised war diaries has unearthed information about the men commemorated on two...

Tags: first world war, somme, war diaries, WO95

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