You can read our annual report below to find out how we performed during 2012-13 and to see our accounts.

You can also see annual reports from previous years and the results from our latest staff engagement survey.

Annual report and accounts 2012-13

Download the annual report 2012-13 (PDF, 2.65Mb)

Download an accessible spreadsheet of our core financial tables for 2012-13 (XLS, 0.05Mb)

In our annual report we describe our work over the past year and explain how we used the funds allocated to us.

Our achievements during 2012-13 included:

  • delivering more than 570,000 original documents to users in our reading rooms at Kew, with more than 98% delivered within one hour 
  • providing more than 170 million records to online users (through our online services and those of our licensed associates) 
  • teaching more than 13,000 students, on site and online 
  • overhauling the way we guide and work with government departments on the selection and transfer of government records 
  • publishing, for the first time ever, detailed information on departments' progress in tackling any selection and transfer backlogs in preparation for the transition to the new 20-year rule 
  • completing the replacement of our glazed roof so that it no longer leaks - a 12-month project involving 34,000 working hours, the installation of 777 glazed panels and close to one million individual components 
  • enhancing our support for the wider archives sector through stronger engagement and a refreshed national action plan
  • piloting the new archives accreditation standard
  • launching our Expert Participation Programme to enhance our service
  • implementing a new contract for the official Gazettes
  • reducing carbon emissions from our buildings by 16% compared with 2011-12 and further improving our Display Energy Certificate rating from 'D' to 'B' 
  • performing well on the Civil Service staff engagement survey (below) and retaining our status as a high-performing organisation

Annual report and accounts 2009-10 - 2011-12

Download the annual report 2011-12 (PDF, 2.43Mb)

Download the annual report 2010-11 (PDF, 1.61Mb)

Download the annual report 2009-10 (PDF, 3.25Mb)

Summary of public records transmitted to The National Archives

This report is produced annually. It provides a summary of the public records transmitted to The National Archives from various sources. It gives a brief description for each piece, including the dates covered.

Download the accessioning report for 2012-13 (PDF, 0.14Mb)

Download the accessioning report for 2011-12 (PDF, 0.11Mb)

Download the accessioning report for 2010-11 (PDF, 0.12Mb)

Download the accessioning report for 2009-10 (PDF, 0.05Mb)

Exercise of delegated powers conferred on the Lord Chancellor by the Public Records Act 1958

This report is produced annually. It gives details on how The National Archives has exercised particular powers delegated to our Chief Executive and Keeper by the Lord Chancellor.

Download the exercise of delegated powers report for 2012-13 (PDF, 0.09Mb)

Download the exercise of delegated powers report for 2011-12 (PDF, 0.03Mb)

Download the exercise of delegated powers report for 2010-11 (PDF, 0.07Mb)

Download the exercise of delegated powers report for 2009-10 (PDF, 0.02Mb)

These documents provide information on:

  • approval given for the transfer of public records between The National Archives and places of deposit, in either direction
  • the appointment of approved places of deposit for public records with specific local relevance or particular specialist and administrative requirements, which are held outside The National Archives
  • approval given for the presentation of public records that have not been selected for permanent preservation at The National Archives to other appropriate bodies

Staff engagement survey

The Civil Service People Survey took place during October 2012 and involved 97 organisations across the civil service. A key element of the survey is the 'Employee Engagement Index'. This is a measure of how engaged employees are with their work and it is calculated from responses to five of the key questions in the people survey:

  • I am proud when I tell others I am part of The National Archives 
  • I would recommend The National Archives as a great place to work 
  • I feel a strong personal attachment to The National Archives 
  • The National Archives inspires me to do the best in my job 
  • The National Archives motivates me to help it achieve its objectives

Research in the private and public sector suggests organisations with high levels of engagement are more efficient and effective. The National Archives' Employee Engagement Index was calculated at 66% this year. This classes The National Archives as a Civil Service High Performer.

Read the results of the staff engagement survey 2012 (PDF, 0.78Mb)

Reports from previous years

Reports and appendices from previous years are available from the UK Government Web Archive.

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