Indenture septpartite, Henry VII, 1504 (catalogue reference: E 33/2)

Research underpins much of what we do at The National Archives: capturing the historical record of government, preserving digital and paper records and providing effective services to researchers.

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. We are recognised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as an Independent Research Organisation.

The research team lead on the delivery of The National Archives strategic research priorities as set out below:

  • What is the nature of the digital archival record?  
  • Has digital changed the needs, expectations and nature of research and user behaviour?   
  • How can we develop and exploit digital information extraction tools to help support digital selection and digital sensitivity review?  
  • Can we develop Open Data models to provide better-quality, authentic and trusted data for use and re-use?

Please email if you are interested in collaborating with The National Archives on any of the topics outlined above.

Collaborating with academics is important to The National Archives 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. The Panel base their decisions on two sets of research priorities - the organisational priorities and the historical priorities. Please review these priorities and consider them when approaching The National Archives for support.

The National Archives does not supply archive services with formal letters of support for funding bids or other related purposes.  If you are from an archives go to our Using Advisory Letters section 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. The National Archives is happy to discuss draft proposals in this area, and would appreciate being involved in the early stages in planning on these issues. Please email for further information.

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Current projects

Read more about some of the projects we're currently working on.

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.


The research strategy sets out our vision for positioning The National Archives as the leading practitioner in the UK through engagement with research.

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

Read our academic strategy (2010) (PDF, 0.09Mb)

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.

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Using documents at The National Archives

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

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