Extract from a document. Courtesy of Dorset Record Office


In October 2011, The National Archives took on additional leadership responsibilities for archives in England.

We are working with all archives from national institutions, local authorities, universities, libraries and museums to businesses and charities, and private and specialist institutions as well as other government departments to do this.

Our approach to the leadership role is a collaborative one, supporting partnership working to encourage a sustainable and innovative archives sector.

We will continue to deliver our obligations under the Public Records Act and Historical Manuscripts Commission Warrant.

The Museums Association statement (below) recognises the essential role museums play in holding items of artistic, cultural, historic and scientific importance in trust for society. Unethical sale of parts of their collections risks reputational damage to museums and organisations associated with them. Those who have signed this statement want to work with museums to find the most effective ways to develop, protect and engage with our public collections so that we can meet our collective responsibility to pass on this precious legacy to the next generation.

Museums Association statement March 2015 (PDF, 0.27MB)

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