One of The National Archives' volunteers at work

Whether you have a passion for history, want to improve your knowledge and skills, or simply want to get involved in something worthwhile, volunteering at The National Archives can help you to achieve your aim. 

A sector-wide Volunteering in Archives report revealed that volunteering can benefit you by:

  • improving your IT and other work-related skills
  • providing a better sense of being part of a community
  • improving confidence when job hunting
  • increasing social life and gaining new friends

Volunteering also supports individuals returning to work after periods of unemployment by providing training in new skills and exposure to new sectors.

Read about the experiences of some of our volunteers working here.

How volunteering helps us

In volunteering at The National Archives, you will be contributing to the future of historical research.

Our volunteers are vital to our work at The National Archives, engaging in a wide range of activities from helping to conserve and preserve our collections, to improving access and enhancing our records online.  

Hear from our staff about how working with volunteers has helped us and the work of The National Archives.