The National Archives provides a range of guidance, tools and templates that can help you through the process of managing your information.
You can also access reports on the management of information and records across government, and find support to help you improve standards within your own organisation.
Thorough planning is essential for good information management.
These pages provide guidance on the selection and transfer of records.
- Step 1: Appraising your records
- Step 2: Selecting your records
- Step 3: Sensitivity reviews of selected records
- Step 4: Cataloguing and preparation of records
- Step 5: Planning and arranging delivery of records
- Step 6: Accessioning your records
- Borrowing accessioned records
- Glossary of record selection and transfer terms
The National Archives receives transfers of any digital formats.
The National Archives is tackling the challenges of digital preservation, ensuring continued access to digital information in the future.
To realise the value of your information you need a combination of policies, process, tools and technology that take account of legislative and business requirements.
Public inquiries investigate issues of serious public concern, scrutinising past decisions and events. It is therefore crucial that information created or used during the course of an inquiry is managed to ensure its survival for future policy makers and researchers.
You should have a clear understanding of the information risks that face your organisation, including cyber threats.
Our Information Management Assessment (IMA) programme provides government departments and public bodies with an independent and bespoke assessment of how well they are managing their information.
Find your place of deposit (local archives appointed by The National Archives under the Public Records Act) or transferring organisation, and see guidance about transferring records from courts, NHS organisations, coroners and prisons.
Find resources providing guidance on keeping your information secure and managing information risk.