Records Management Masterclass: Appraisal and Selection

We offer a one-day appraisal and selection course for staff from government departments and public record bodies that transfer records to The National Archives. It is suitable for, and specifically aimed at, those staff currently undertaking the appraisal (review) and selection of paper and digital records for preservation at The National Archives. This course is not intended for contractors, suppliers or members of the public.

The course covers both digital and paper records appraisal.

Before you attend the course read our guidance on appraisal and selection (in particular, our best practice guide and records collection policy), as this will be referred to throughout the day.

What this course covers

  • Basic principles of appraisal and selection
  • Determining the value of your information
  • Making paper appraisal more efficient
  • Addressing the challenges of digital appraisal
  • Practical exercises utilising published advice and guidance


We are currently reviewing our training offering for 2018. We expect to be able to confirm availability of courses shortly. If you would like to express an interest in this course, please ask your line manager to email


One day.


Courses are free of charge.


The National Archives, Kew.