Our research priorities

We have developed five cross-cutting, interdisciplinary themes which respond to some of the biggest opportunities and challenges we face as an archive, particularly the shift to digital.

Our research priorities align with our strategies and plans. We aim to innovate our practice and unlock the potential of our collections to reach new audiences.

We can offer many benefits to our partners. If you are interested in working with us on any of our priority themes below, please contact us.

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Research at The National Archives

Rethinking the record

Rethinking the record

Our research explores the nature of records, both physical and digital, and how recordkeeping is evolving in the digital age.

Risk, uncertainty and trust

Risk, uncertainty and trust

We must uncover new technologies and tools to manage the risks of recordkeeping and guarantee the authenticity of the digital record.

Openness, access and use

Openness, access and use

With increasing volumes of digital records and changing user expectations, we will use innovative methods to make our collections widely accessible.

People, place and rule

People, place and rule

Our research on individuals and government, nation and society, aims to illuminate the past and inform contemporary debate.

Impact, value and affect

Impact, value and affect

We must find new ways of demonstrating the cultural, social, financial and psychological impact that archives have on people and society.