Records Management Foundation Course: Appraisal, Selection and Transfer

This one-day course is for staff from government departments and public record bodies’ information and records management teams who are involved in the appraisal, management and processing of all government information for transfer to The National Archives. The course provides an overview of the whole process for the management of public records, from selection to transfer, and explains the reasoning behind the processes.

This course does not cover in detail how to select or appraise records, what to do for cataloguing and preparing records for transfer to The National Archives or how to manage digital records.

What the course covers

  • the role of The National Archives and the way it works with government to promote good information management and ensure that information of historical value is preserved for the future
  • why the transfer process is important and why it exists
  • an introduction to the legal framework of public records
  • a tour of the The National Archives’ reading rooms and repositories


25 May 2017 (course fully booked)

14 September 2017 (course fully booked)

16 November 2017 (course fully booked)


One day.

Course code



Courses are free of charge.


The National Archives, Kew.


To reserve a place on the course, please complete the online booking form.