Coronavirus update

The National Archives has now re-opened to offer a limited service to visitors who need access to our collection of original documents for their research. Visitors will be required to book their visit and order their documents in advance. Many of our staff are working from home but we are still providing a service and point of contact for the archive sector.

Here you can find our statements relating to Archive Service Accreditation, Places of Deposit, collections safety and our funding programmes. We have also compiled a list of useful resources from other organisations and created a re-opening checklist of areas for consideration as the archives sector moves towards re-establishing access to collections.

Our coronavirus response and guidance

We are working to ensure that we can still provide a 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.