Records Management Foundation Course: Appraisal, Selection and Transfer

This one-day course is for staff from government departments’ and public record bodies’ information and records management teams who are involved in the appraisal, management and processing of all government information for transfer to The National Archives. The course provides an overview of the whole process for the management of public records, from selection to transfer, and explains the reasoning behind the processes.

This course does not cover in detail how to select or appraise records, how to catalogue and prepare records for transfer to The National Archives, or how to manage digital records.

What the course covers

  • the role of The National Archives and the way it works with government to promote good information management and ensure that information of historical value is preserved for the future
  • why the transfer process is important and why it exists
  • an introduction to the legal framework of public records
  • a tour of the The National Archives’ reading rooms and repositories


We are currently reviewing our training offering for 2018. We expect to be able to confirm availability of courses shortly. If you would like to express an interest in this course, please ask your line manager to email


One day.

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Courses are free of charge.


The National Archives, Kew.