Empire Marketing Board 1927; 'Highways of Empire'. Artist: MacDonald Gill. Catalogue reference: CO 956/537 A

18 April 2012

The National Archives is working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to transfer and begin releasing colonial administration records, referred to as the 'migrated archives', between April 2012 and November 2013, in accordance with the published timeline on GOV.UK.

The first batch of records is now available to view in the reading rooms at The National Archives.

This release contains records from Aden, Anguilla, Bahamas, Basutoland, Bechuanaland, British Indian Ocean Territories, Brunei, Cyprus, Kenya, Malaya, Sarawak and Seychelles.

A guide to the newly-released files provides more information on how to search the records.

Guide to the records (PDF, 0.49Mb)

You can listen to, or download, a podcast of the public talk held in The National Archives' reading rooms on 18 April on how to access the records.

The collection will form record series FCO 141: Foreign and Commonwealth Office and predecessors: Records of Former Colonial Administrations: Migrated Archives.

The records cover a wide range of subject matter relating to colonial administration. The material reflects events in the territories generally pre-independence and Her Majesty's Government's views at that time.

For up-to-date information about the records and ongoing release, see our Colonial administration records web page.

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