Researching here

Find out what type of research you can do with our collection and how to get started.



Everyone visiting The National Archives has a responsibility to preserve the documents in our care, which is more important now than ever before.

We’ve updated our rules for what you can take into our reading rooms when you visit.

Reader’s tickets are valid for three years from the date of issue.

To find out how to access documents held by The National Archives, first you will need to use Discovery.

Research here can be very rewarding, but also time-consuming. Find out more about the help and support we can provide.

We have introduced a number of safety measures to keep our visitors and staff safe.

As the official public archive of the United Kingdom government, we hold records covering more than 1,000 years of history.

A SafePod is now installed at The National Archives, providing a secure setting for researchers to access confidential datasets.