- Our leadership role
- Historical Manuscripts Commission
- Working in partnership
- Publicly funded archives
Historical Manuscripts Commission
The Historical Manuscripts Commission (HMC) appointed under Royal Warrant in 1869 has been part of The National Archives since 2003. HMC has a long tradition of publishing information on the location and nature of records, highlighting their value in historical research and advising on their care. The activities of the Commission are an integral part of The National Archives and our approach to sector leadership.
We build on the tradition of the Commission, maintaining databases of archives, including: National Register of Archives, Manorial Documents Register and ARCHON, which are augmented through survey work such as the now completed Religious Archives Survey and the current Architectural, business and construction records project. We work in partnership with archives stakeholders to develop strategies for improving the care of particular types of archives, and to provide information and guidance through our web resources and staff expertise.
The Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research informs our work in this area.