Researching here

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

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

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

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

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