The Freedom of Information Act requires us to adopt a publication scheme. The purpose of this is to ensure specific categories of information are regularly and routinely made available without the need to contact us.
We are committed to transparency and we aim to make openness and accountability a fundamental principle of how we operate. We therefore publish online additional information that we consider would be of use to the public and those that use our services.
If you are unable to locate the information you are interested in within this scheme or on our website please contact us.
1. Who we are and what we do
Information relating to how we function, how we were formed, how to contact us and details about our staff.
- About us
- Our public task
- Our organisational structure, staff engagement and diversity
- How we operate as a non-ministerial department
We are also governed by the following legislation and instruments:
- The Public Records Act 1958
- Historical Manuscripts Commission Warrant 1869
- Manorial Document Rules
- Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015
- Data Protection Act 1988
- Environmental Information Regulations
- Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000
2. What we spend and how we spend it
How we spend public money and the financial information we submit to Treasury.
- Annual reports
- Grants and aid administered by us and related bodies
- Contracts we award and their value
- How we spend public money
3. Strategic planning and priorities
Transfer of records, reclosure of records and Freedom of information data
Records transferred from local bodies (such as magistrates courts, prisons, corners courts or NHS bodies) and records transferred from government departments under the 20-year rule.
- Transfer of records
- Transfer of records from local bodies
- Reclosure figures
- Freedom of information requests we’ve received
Other strategic reports
4. How we make decisions
Information relating to how we make decisions and how those decisions are recorded.
Other Panel, committee and board meeting minutes
- Records Decision Panel
- Whitley Council
- User Advisory Group
- User Forum
- Advisory Council on National Records and Archives (ACNRA)
- Research and evaluation reports of completed projects
5. Policies, performance and projects
How we carry out our work and how well we perform
- Our performance and policies
- Recruitment policy: current vacancies and volunteering
- Complaints procedure
- Our Friends
- Performance, complaints and feedback
- Reclosure and takedown policy
6. Lists and registers
Information relating to lists and registers maintained by The National Archives
- Register of interests of Executive team members. Any conflict of interest is discussed at Executive team meetings and recorded within the meeting minutes.
- Register of gifts and hospitality. Information relating to any gift or offer of hospitality made to our staff over the value of £20. This information is not currently available for download. Use the Freedom of Information (FOI) enquiry service to request a copy of this register. Please note some personal data of junior members of staff may be redacted.
7. Services we offer to the public
This section looks at the services we currently provide, information about our collections, our fees and charges, documents delivered to the public, and further advice and guidance for our users.