Types of licensing

Standard non-exclusive licensing allows images of documents in our collection to be reproduced by third parties. Whether you want to publish records on DVD, over the web or create and publish resources for libraries and universities, we can supply a licence to suit.

Typical royalty payments for commercial publication are:

  • Consumer online services: 10% net
  • Institutional services: 15% net

For more information or to request a draft license agreement please email us.

Licensed Internet Associateships: We have successfully digitised millions of our most popular records, in partnership with commercial publishers.

If you are interested in helping us create co-branded online services by getting involved with the digitisation, marketing and sale of genealogical, military and other records online, we are keen to work with you.

A Licensed Internet Associateship offers a number of benefits:

  • Preferential access – only one co-branded licence will be issued per record series
  • Free advice from experts at The National Archives during planning and development of the service
  • Hyperlinks to the co-branded service from our popular website
  • Promotion of the service in The National Archives’ e-newsletters
  • Publicity – The National Archives is a high-profile organisation which attracts regular press coverage and is well-known among researchers

How to apply

Please see the current licensing opportunities and read the document below for more information:

Licensed Internet Associateship (PDF, 0.1MB)

To apply, please complete our application form:

LIA application form (RTF, 0.1MB)

Contact us

Contact the LIA team by telephoning +44 (0) 20 8392 5382 or email us.

To join the mailing list and receive announcements and news about the LIA programme, email us.

Image reproduction rights

One-off reproduction fees

Reproduction fees are charged for one-off usage of images in books, magazines, newspapers, broadcast media, exhibitions and the web. Browse images and find out more in our image library.

Merchandising rights

Images can be used on a variety of products such as gifts, homewares, CD-ROMs and DVDs. We offer either standard royalty-based or fee-equivalent licences. Email our Licensing team for more information.

Use of The National Archives’ trademarks

Any use of our trademarks must be developed under licence with The National Archives. All enquiries should go to associates@nationalarchives.gov.uk.