Coronavirus update

As of 17 March 2020, The National Archives closed to the public with the vast majority of our staff starting to work from home for the foreseeable future. This is in response to the latest government advice to combat the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. It is also a decision that many of our sister institutions across the cultural and heritage sector have made.

We are working to ensure that we can still provide at least a minimal service and point of contact for the archive sector. Here you can find our statements and guidance relating to Archive Service Accreditation, Places of deposit, collections safety and our funding programmes. We have also compiled a list of useful guidance and resources from other organisations.

Our coronavirus response and guidance

We are working to ensure that we can still provide at least a minimal service and point of contact for the archive sector.

Information for Places of Deposit

Places of deposit for public records are appointed to hold specific record classes in agreement with their parent authority under Section 4 (1) of the Public Records Act (1958).

Other useful resources

As well as the information that we have collated, numerous other organisations and networks have produced useful resources for responding to Covid-19.

Making plans for re-opening

Below are some principles and operational factors that an archive service should take into account when planning for its re-opening.