Our role

We are a non-ministerial department, and the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. We are the guardians of over 1,000 years of iconic national documents.

We are expert advisers in information and records management and are a cultural, academic and heritage institution. We fulfil a leadership role for the archive sector and work to secure the future of physical and digital records.

The ability to use archives and original documents is one of the core research skills across a broad range of disciplines.

We collect and secure the future of the government record, from Shakespeare’s will to tweets from Downing Street, to preserve it for generations to come.

The Executive team ensures we achieve our vision and business plan, and work together to look at all the key issues involved with running the organisation.

The National Archives’ Board advises the Chief Executive and Keeper on the plans and strategic direction of The National Archives, providing regular reviews of performance and key risks.

You can learn even more about us via our strategic plans and vision, annual reports, strategic policies and guidance, on the following pages.

Advisory Council advises the Secretary of State on issues relating to access to public records and represents the public interest in deciding what records should be open or closed.