Archives Unlocked

The vision for archives, Archives Unlocked, focuses on the needs and ambitions of the archives sector, while making the case for realising – in practical and tangible terms – their unique potential and relevance in preserving the diversity of our nation’s heritage.

Archives Unlocked is underpinned by a robust action plan that embodies this drive and outlines what we will be doing over the next few years to lay the groundwork to make realistic and meaningful progress.

The vision and the action plan are the result of extensive consultation with our partners and stakeholders from across the archives sector; and from across culture, heritage, the creative industries, local authorities and more.

Discover the vision and action plan

Archives Unlocked (PDF, 12.7 MB)

Action Plan (PDF, 3.8 MB)

Archives Unlocked – accessible version (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Action Plan – accessible version (PDF, 0.7 MB)

The vision and action plan have been informed by a consultation process led by The National Archives, which took place between April 2016 and closed in January 2017. This consultation period is now closed. Find out more about it:

Consultation for Archives Unlocked (PDF, 0.33 MB)