Practical guidance

Find information, guidance and standards for operating an archive and learn how to develop fundraising strategies.

Theoretical guidance

Find the national priorities and legal framework for archives and discover research, performance data and case studies on archival best practice.

Catalogues and online records

Search for records held in other archives. Discovery incorporates data previously made available via the National Register of Archives (NRA), Access to Archives (A2A), the Archon Directory and the Manorial Documents Register (MDR).


institutions in England make their archives publicly available (ARCHON)


of archive users rate the service good or very good (PSQG 2011)


archives held by UK universities (SCONUL 2011/12)

Find out who to contact at The National Archives for enquiries about archives and archives services.

Consult with specialist interest groups and networks. You can also share your knowledge with other archive professionals in our online community.

Discovering the nation’s newly accessioned collections

Every year archives across the UK and Ireland enrich their collections for researchers by actively taking in thousands of new records and developing existing collections.