Creating an accessions record is one of the first actions taken in gaining intellectual control of a new acquisition. Sharing elements of an accessions description can be a simple but effective way for archives to make information about holdings discoverable before they are fully catalogued.

Each year The National Archives invites over 300 archive services in the UK and Ireland to provide a list of archival material they have accessioned during the previous 12 months.

We use this information to

Find out how to capture information about new accessions.

Taking part in the survey

The Accessions to Repositories 2023 survey is now open.

Results from previous surveys

The results of the survey are used to promote archives services and their collections through Discovery and in other ways.