Keeper’s Gallery

The Keeper's Gallery is free and is open 09:00-17:00, Tuesday to Saturday.

The Keeper’s Gallery is our on site museum which showcases highlights from The National Archives.

We offer regular tours of the gallery and increasingly offer family events as part of our What’s On Programme.

For preservation reasons, light levels are kept low in certain areas of the gallery and some documents on display as facsimiles.

We welcome feedback and suggestions regarding the Keeper’s Gallery, so please let us know your thoughts using our contact form.

Current displays

William Shakespeare

9 August – 3 September 2016

To mark the 400th anniversary of his death we are displaying Shakespeare’s will, recently conserved by our conservation team. This will be the last public display of the document for several years.

Performances of Shakespeare

Present – 30 September 2016

This display showcases photographs depicting performances of Shakespeare’s plays in our COPY 1 record series.

Millbank Penitentiary

Present – 24 September 2016

To mark its 200 year anniversary, this display looks at the history of Millbank Penitentiary and draws upon some of the people who experienced conditions inside.

Commemorating conscription

Present – 24 September 2016

100 years on from the Military Service Act, we use case papers of the Middlesex Military Service Appeal Tribunal to show how war impacted those on the Home Front.

For more information about events at The National Archives, see our What's on page.

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Keeper's Gallery blog

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