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The National Archives
Kew, Richmond
Surrey TW9 4DU

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We can either copy our records onto paper or deliver them to you digitally.

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Phone

+44 (0) 20 8876 3444

Online exhibitions

RAIL 253/516: Xmas greetings from the front. View in Image library

Explore different historic periods and themes through images and extracts from our collections.

Other research tools

INF 3/1510: Submarine control room, 1939-1946 View in Image library

For some types of records there are additional search tools. Use these online resources and our on site library to search for records and find out more about them.

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War Girls – poetry and prose by women in the First World War

Stories of hardship, joy, and excitement at the new opportunities opening up for women…

View webinars

Tracing your ancestors - women in the military services during the First World War

A new webinar introducing women’s service and other records from 1914 to 1918 and beyond…

See our upcoming webinars

Reading old documents

KB 27/1012 m1: Court of King's Bench Coram Rege Rolls detail 6 Hen VIII Trin View in Image library

Our range of online tutorials on Latin and palaeography will help you to read documents from the medieval period and beyond, through practical activities and useful examples.

Start here

INF 3/403: Women for Industry Women of Britain. Come into the factories... Artist Zec , 1939-1946View in Image library

If you are new to The National Archives and want some help getting started with your family history or any other kind of research, you're in the right place.

Video guides

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Citing documents

Read our guidance on how to cite records and catalogues held by The National Archives in notes, publications and theses.