Extract from a document. Courtesy of Dorset Record Office

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

We are working with all archives from national institutions, local authorities, universities, libraries and museums to businesses and charities, and private and specialist institutions as well as other government departments to do this.

Our approach to the leadership role is a collaborative one, supporting partnership working to encourage a sustainable and innovative archives sector.

We will continue to deliver our obligations under the Public Records Act and Historical Manuscripts Commission Warrant.