The Ministry of Time Travel Needs You!

The Ministry of Time Travel is looking for new recruits brave enough to tackle any mission! But successful Time Agents are made not born, so you’ll need to learn the tricks of the trade. Under the tutelage of the Chief Timer herself, this online adventure will see you complete five exciting challenges highlighting records, photographs and stories from The National Archives’ collection.

The Ministry is looking for recruits of all ages, and two heads are better than one so this family mission is best played together! Children under 18 years of age must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times whilst playing.  Read on to find out what you’ll need and to get started!

You can play the mission onsite at The National Archives in Kew at the Ministry’s temporal offices, or you can play in the comfort of your own home by clicking the link below.

What you will need

  • A Wi-Fi connection
  • A desktop computer, laptop or tablet
  • A smartphone connected to Wi-Fi or on a data plan or with at least £1 credit
  • Paper and a pen or pencil

Playing details

The Ministry of Time Travel is an interactive experience that requires the use of an adult’s desktop computer, laptop or tablet. It was not made to play on a smartphone but you will need one to help you complete the mission.

The mission play will take about fifty minutes but can vary in length due to players’ speed and age. It can also be split into two and you will be offered the choice halfway through the mission when you are given a password that allows you to leave the mission and carry on later at a time that suits you.

The game is best played with 2-4 players and a responsible adult must be present throughout the game. While it was created with those aged 8-12 years in mind, younger or older siblings are always welcome to play at the discretion of guardians.

If you or your child would prefer to understand what happens in the full experience, you can read an overview here.

A cheat sheet is available here if you get stuck on any of the challenges to allow your mission to progress.


Ready to begin?

Click here

Terms & Conditions 

By clicking on the link to play you confirm that the computer and phone used to play the Ministry of Time Travel: Induction Mission belongs to someone over 18 years of age.  

By playing this experience, you consent to Coney Ltd, a third party provider, processing and storing the phone number used to play, and messages exchanged within the game. This data will only be used for the purposes of the game itself and not in any other way. You can find out more and who to contact for more information here. 

You agree that anyone under 18 is continually supervised by an adult over 18 years of age whilst playing the game. 

Please note that this experience requires the use of a UK phone number.

Accessibility Statement

You can find the accessibility statement here.