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The National Archives
Kew, Richmond
Surrey TW9 4DU

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First World War 100

Explore our collection of First World War records, including unit war diaries, conscription appeals and more.

Understand the archives

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Discover how to get started with your research and how to use an archive.

Caring for your own records

Find out how to look after and preserve your own books, papers and photographs.


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Reading old documents

Use our interactive tutorials to decipher documents in old handwriting or Latin, and try out our historical currency converter.

Citing documents in The National Archives

See our guidance on how to cite documents held at The National Archives in notes, publications and theses.