Opening up our House

Today, Saturday 16 September, we are participating in Open House London.

The event will mark 40 years since The National Archives opened at the Kew site.

Our Brutalist building is one of the few post-War modern masterpieces in the borough of Richmond participating in Open House London.

Visitors can take part in a site tour and see how we use the space to preserve and conserve the nation’s historical documents for future generations and get an insight into how the building was designed.

Please note that due to the increased national security level there will be no rooftop tours as previously advertised, but otherwise the programme of talks and tours will go ahead as planned. There will be an enhanced level of security at entrances.

Join us for specialist talks, document displays and screenings, charting the history of The National Archives and showcasing the highlights of our collection.

You don’t need to book to attend Open House, but some events are restricted by numbers so places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that if you are planning to do research here during Open House weekend, the building will be busier than usual, especially around the ground-floor restaurant and the Events space on the first floor.

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