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The background and legislation around our role in the archive sector.

Our leadership role

In 2011, The National Archives took on additional leadership responsibilities for archives in England.

Working in partnership

We work with Arts Council England on several initiatives and have agreed our approach to working together in a Memorandum of Understanding.

Historical Manuscripts Commission

The history of the commission Appointed by Royal Warrant in 1869, The Historical Manuscripts Commission (HMC) was first formed to document the location of records and papers in private hands, as opposed to those held at the Public Record Office.

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