Discovery, our catalogue

14 August 2014

We have launched an innovative upgraded version of Discovery, our catalogue. As well as the millions of records held by The National Archives, Discovery now searches over 10 million additional records held by more than 2,500 archives across the country.

Archive users can now search, browse and tag 32 million record descriptions, making it a unique archival resource for researchers around the world. The value to researchers of combining catalogue and organisational data from across the UK archives sector in one place is enormous, and highlights The National Archives' commitment to its role as sector lead. Discovery now incorporates data from:

We will be closing these services later in the autumn.

Along with adding this data to Discovery, we have also upgraded the platform to make it even easier for researchers around the world to find the information they need.  A new search engine, enhanced filters and improved advanced search features mean that everyone can explore archive collections more easily. We have redesigned the user interface to reflect these changes, and to offer a better experience across different devices. 
We will continue to improve Discovery, and please keep sending us feedback to help us do this. Find out more on our project page.

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