Academic student group visits

Bringing a group of university students to The National Archives is a great way to introduce them to using archival collections and original source material as part of their research.

Visits can be arranged for a wide range of disciplines from history, politics, and archaeology to literature, art and media.

We offer a number of different options for groups of students, from those who are using archives for the first time to the more advanced researchers looking to develop their skills and knowledge in specific areas of our collections:

  • A 45-minute tailored introduction to The National Archives’ collections delivered by a specialist in your field. It includes an introduction to archives and archival research and advice on how to use catalogues and finding aids to access relevant documents. It does not include any work with original documents.
  • A 2-hour records-based session with a specialist in your field. This includes all the information in the 45-minute tailored introduction plus a document workshop either focusing on records related to the course students are studying or a general ‘dissertation inspiration’ taster selection of our collection.
  • A half-day archival skills workshop. This is an in-depth workshop focussing on records on a particular topic or from a particular series, including how to use relevant finding aids and work on the format and formulae of the records, using original documents.
  • In addition to any of these sessions we offer a 60-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the archives.

*Please note that although we cannot currently accommodate onsite group visits, we can adapt the options above for remote group visits. Please contact the Research team to discuss tailoring a group visit for your students to participate in online. All sessions are subject to availability and appropriate for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Please contact the Research team at least one month before you would like to visit for information about how much we charge and to book your visit. If you would like to organise a different type of visit to the options presented here, please contact us to discuss your request in more detail.

We also run a programme of Postgraduate Archival Skills Training (PAST): these sessions are available for students to sign up to individually.

For groups of students on archives and records management courses please contact

For sessions for schools, PGCE/Initial Teacher Training groups and teacher professional development, please see our Education pages.