Research priorities at The National Archives

The National Archives has launched five cross-cutting research priorities, as it responds to some of the biggest opportunities and challenges it faces as an archive.

With over 11 million records in our collection and an increasing number of digital records accessioned each year, The National Archives’ research priorities place the shift to digital at the centre of our research interests and challenges as we seek to innovate our practice and unlock our collections to reach new audiences.

The research priorities aim to uncover new methodologies, theories and technologies in five core areas:

  • Rethinking the record
  • People, place and rule
  • Risk, uncertainty and trust
  • Openness, access and use
  • Impact, value and affect

Dr Anna Sexton, Head of Research at The National Archives, said:

‘We would like to work collaboratively across disciplines and sectors to respond to these research challenges. Bringing together the skills of the historian, archivist, conservator, digital humanist and computer scientist (to name but a few), we hope to innovate around the archive and transform practice and public understanding.’

Find out more about the research priorities.

Get in touch with the research team to explore research collaboration opportunities.