Every year we ask archive services in the UK and Ireland to send us a comprehensive list of accessions of manuscripts and records they have taken in during the previous 12 months as part of the Accessions to Repositories survey.

Accessions to Repositories 2014

The Accessions to Repositories 2014 survey has now closed.

If you have not submitted your return this year and still wish to send us details about your new archive collections, please email us as soon as possible.

So far the 2014 survey has surfaced a number of interesting collections including papers, correspondence and related artwork of a Yorkshire feminist art collective, and drafts of 'Adrian Mole: The Prostrate years'. All new treasures will be unveiled once the result of the survey is published on our website later in the year, but in the meantime you can see highlights from the survey on our blog.

Who takes part?

We invite repositories which are known to be actively collecting beyond their own institutional records. Invitations to participate in our 2015 survey wil be sent out in December 2015. More details about the next survey will be made available later in the year.

If you do not normally receive an invitation but, as an institution actively collecting archival material, wish to take part in next year's survey, please email us.

Why do we need this information?

The information provides a vital knowledge base for The National Archives' work with the wider sector, and allows us to trace the location of archives and manuscripts, as well as monitor the transfer of public records and manorial documents. It also provides repositories a great opportunity to showcase their new archive acquisitions. As well as being published on our website, we use the data to compile a number of thematic digests which are made available online, distributed to specialist repositories and published in academic and specialist journals.

Information gathered during the accessions survey is used to update records and record creator information within Discovery and is published on our Accessions page. For more information about this, please visit our Discovery and Finding Archives project page.

Find out more

A copy of our accessions template is available below, which can be used to submit accessions information.

Download our Accessions template

Accessions to Repositories guidance and FAQs (PDF, 0.15MB)

For further information about accessions contact asd@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.

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