The National Archives provides a range of guidance, tools and templates that can help you through the process of managing your information.
You can also access reports on the management of information and records across government, and find support to help you improve standards within your own organisation.
These pages provide guidance on the selection and transfer of records.
- Step 1: Appraising your records
- Step 2: Selecting your records
- Step 3: Sensitivity reviews of selected records
- Step 4: Cataloguing and preparation of records
- Step 5: Planning and arranging delivery of records
- Step 6: Accessioning your records
- Borrowing accessioned records
- Legal obligations for transfer
- Digital records transfer
To realise the value of your information you need a combination of policies, process, tools and technology that take account of legislative and business requirements.
Public inquiries investigate issues of serious public concern, scrutinising past decisions and events. It is therefore crucial that information created or used during the course of an inquiry is managed to ensure its survival for future policy makers and researchers.
Our Information Management Assessment (IMA) programme provides government departments and public bodies with an independent and bespoke assessment of how well they are managing their information.
Find your place of deposit (local archives appointed by The National Archives under the Public Records Act) or transferring organisation, and see guidance about transferring records from courts, NHS organisations, coroners and prisons.