Archives are assessed against the Standard for Record Repositories through a programme of on site inspections which take place:

  • as required to fulfil our statutory functions and obligations relating to approving places of deposit for public records under the Public Records Act 1958
  • to facilitate manuscript allocation in lieu of tax
  • arising from discussion with the institution

This is underpinned by our framework of standards and information and guidance to all types of repositories on standards and best practice.

Framework of standards (PDF, 0.07Mb)

When repositories meet The National Archives' Standard for Record Repositories and have in place a satisfactory long-term strategy for the care of and access to its archives, we will award The National Archives' Approval.

For further information about this service see our leaflet:

Inspection services for archive repositories (PDF, 0.07Mb)

Standards for repositories

The National Archives' Standard for Records Repositories (PDF, 0.09Mb)

Y Safon Archifol Genedlaethol ar gyfer Archifdai (PDF, 0.20Mb)

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