Your feedback and our response

We welcome your feedback as it helps us to improve what we do and continue to deliver high quality services in line with the Customer Service Excellence standard. You can contact us directly with your feedback.

Comments and requests updated August 2016

What you said What we have done
I downloaded a Medal Index Card from Digital Downloads and was surprised to find the same card available on the Ancestry website as well. This availability was not reflected on The National Archives website. We updated the Medal Index Cards page and made it clear that these records are available via the Ancestry website as well.
[From a User Advisory delegate] Could you improve the information on easily accessible document lockers in the document reading room? We have improved the information on our advanced orders web page about document lockers and access
Prior to my visit, I had tried to get a statement from my bank and was unsuccessful. Their standard policy is 10 working days to process the request and I was visiting before it would arrive, could you add this information to your site. We added ‘If you bank online most banks will provide a printed statement on request for free or at a small charge, please be aware that they might take several days to dispatch a statement to you’ to the proof of your address section for obtaining a reader’s ticket on our website.


Here are some examples of our compliments, which we receive in a number of ways, including email, feedback form and letter, to telephone calls, social media and in person.

Date received How received Summary of compliments
29 June 2016  Email I am thoroughly enjoying the Learning Latin and documents from 1066 onwards. It is well set out, easy to grasp and very easy to remember with the repeating questions and answers. I hope it remains online for  quite a while as it is a wonderful learning tool. I am obsessed with history and genealogy and have had difficulty reading the harder Latin text but now I can begin to learn much more. How long is it available. Thank you and congratulations for your good work.
12 July 2016  Your Views I have been coming to The National Archives over the past 30 years and am always impressed by and grateful for your able and (almost always) considerate assistance. I will be acknowledging your wonderful resources and staff in my next book.
15 July 2016  Email Contacted yourselves by phone on the 14th July 2016 to request a copy of my Certificate of British Citizenship. No complicated menus, spoke to a lovely lady who explained how to request the information I required online and explained it could take up to 10 days. Filled in a very easy form online on the same day. Received an email the next day to inform me that the record had been found (from 1973) and I could order a copy. Excellent, uncomplicated and very prompt service, wish all government departments were like this!


Here are some examples of our complaints, which we receive in a number of ways, including email, feedback form and letter, to telephone calls, social media and in person. Have a look at our Transparency page if you want to know more about complaints.

Summary of complaint and date received Background information Action taken
The complainant was not happy with the number of lockers that are not available to the public, and offered a suggestion to stop keys going missing. Users can place items, bags and other personal possessions into lockers for safe storage. We explained that there were 80 lockers out of action, but there were still 900 lockers at The National Archives that are for public use. We were working to bring back those lockers that were out of action as soon as was reasonable.
The complainant had concerns regarding the ‘permitted items’ pilot. Specifically, they were concerned about the number of notepads that were permitted. The National Archives is piloting ‘permitted items’ in to the Reading Rooms. We explained the reasons for the change and that we would allow the extra material to be taken in to the reading room. A concession form can be completed in such circumstances. We reassured the complainant that all feedback received would be reviewed at the end of the pilot period.
The complainant was dissatisfied as they felt at no point during the first set of transactions were they made aware that a further cost over and above what had already paid would be required to obtain copies of documents from the archives. Users can order copies of our records from our Record Copying online service. There is a two stage process to obtain copies, the page check and the actual copy order. We explained the system, where the details can be found and other options available. The complainant subsequently decided to place the order.