An archery contest, courtesy of the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies

Since 2008 we have worked to ensure that records created before, during and after the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Cultural Olympiad would be well managed, permanently preserved and appropriately shared.

Effective management of these records would:

  • support openness and transparency for all
  • support effective delivery of the Olympic sports and cultural events across the UK
  • reduce reputational, financial and operational risks
  • guarantee legal and regulatory compliance
  • answer to public accountability and scrutiny post-2012
  • secure a long-term legacy for the benefit of current and future planners, policy makers, researchers, learning and education professionals and the general public

Records of 2012

The 2012 Olympics, Paralympics and Cultural Olympiad were a key moment in our cultural history. We helped many organisations involved to work together to build a comprehensive record for future generations, from government decision-making and delivery to the contribution of the private sector, local authorities and communities across the UK. To help us achieve these goals, the sector worked in partnership on a range of initiatives.

The Record

The strategy to manage the Olympic records was called 'The Record', to reflect the sporting, social and cultural significance of London and the UK hosting the games and Cultural Olympiad. It was delivered in partnership with the Government Olympic Executive (GOE), and in collaboration with the London 2012 organising committee, British Olympic Association and colleagues across government and the cultural and archives sectors.

In the year of London 2012 and the Cultural Olympiad, many sporting and cultural activities took place across the UK, from celebrations at national and regional venues to local school and community projects. You can find out more about the activities, records, digital archive of London 2012 and previous Games, on our website.

For more information please contact Simon Demissie, Head, Modern Domestic Records at The National Archives.

Key documents from The Record

The documents below provide information on how the work of The Record was structured and delivered.

Collect now for 2012 - what archives can do (PDF, 0.00MB)

The Record: Archives Delivery Strategy (PDF, 0.35MB)

The Record 2012: one page strategy summary (PDF, 0.06MB)

The Record: legacy, records and archives road map with milestones (PDF, 0.26MB)

The Record: information for regional, local and specialist archives (PDF, 0.05MB)

Map of organisations involved (2007) (PDF, 0.10MB)

Before, during and after: making the most of the most of the London 2012 games

Acquiring the digital records of 2012

In 2012 The National Archives reached a landmark agreement with the British Olympic Association (BOA), the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ensure access to the records of London 2012. With the support of the BOA, the records were transferred to The National Archives, ensuring their long-term preservation and future public accessibility.

This included material relating to the bid process, the planning and delivery of the Games, through to the dissolution of LOCOG in 2013. Social media and websites connected to the Games were archived in the UK Government web archive.

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