About our research

As an originator and supporter of research, we maintain an innovative programme to develop and test new ideas, for the benefit of government, information and preservation professionals.

Collaborating with academics is important to us and we welcome applications to partner external research projects. However, due to limited resources we are unable to support every application we receive. Therefore we hold regular Grants Panel meetings to discuss new proposals and their benefits to The National Archives. Find out more about how to submit a proposal.

We do not supply archive services with formal letters of support for funding bids or other related purposes. If you are from an archive, go to our Using Advisory Letters page to find out more from our Archives Sector Development department.

For those intending to create web or digital outputs as a result of their research projects, we ask that academic colleagues think carefully about appropriate digital standards and metadata creation so that created resources can easily be transferred and sustained. We are happy to discuss draft proposals in this area, and would appreciate being involved in the early stages in planning on these issues. Please email research@nationalarchives.gov.uk for more information.

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Current opportunities

Collaborative Doctoral Studentships

The Thames Consortium, which includes The National Archives, The National Maritime Museum and The National Portrait Gallery, has been awarded three studentships per year for three years (2016-2019) under the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. Read more about these Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships.

Current projects

Read more about some of the projects we’ve been involved in.

If you are interested in collaborating with us on research projects, please see our guidance for research partners.

See some of the research published by staff at The National Archives.

Academic strategy

The work we undertake at The National Archives on research and collections is underpinned by our academic strategy.

Read our academic strategy (PDF, 0.35MB)

Research into moving image material in education

In June 2014 The National Archives was commissioned by the Department for Education to undertake research into how teachers make use of moving image material, including film and television productions, within the history classroom. We were also asked to make recommendations on how this material could be made more accessible to support the implementation of the new national curriculum for history.

Through a combination of surveying, focus groups and direct consultation with stakeholders, the report below offers insight into current practice as well as considering different models for future delivery of resources. The final recommendations are made to guide discussion by stakeholders who may be interested in taking this work forward.

Report on the development of a repository of moving image material (PDF, 0.56MB)

Code of Conduct

The National Archives wishes to set out a code of conduct relating to research. It reflects the principles of the RESPECT project (Code of Professional Conduct in Socio-Economic Research), which seeks to ensure respect for research ethics, intellectual property, confidentiality, professional qualifications, professional standards and for research users.

Read the Code of Conduct (PDF, 0.05MB)

Using documents at The National Archives

Find comprehensive guidance on the citation of documents held at The National Archives in theses and publications.