How to find an archived website

There are three main ways to find archived websites. When using our archive, please remember the limitations on what we can and cannot archive and the legal terms of re-use for our archived content.

1. The A to Z list

If you know the precise name of the site you want, you can find it under the appropriate letter in the A to Z, or navigate directly to it by using an in-browser Find tool.

You can open the Find tool on your computer by pressing CTRL+F on a Windows PC, or COMMAND+F on an Apple Mac, then type the name of the site into the search field that opens up.

For mobile and tablet, you can use your browser settings to open the Find tool. On Android devices this is under the three dots menu at the top right, for Apple devices it is under the Share option.

Use the A to Z

Our advanced search allows you to narrow your results:

  • by particular keywords (for example, “budget 2010”)
  • within particular sites, using the full website address

Use the Advanced Search

3. While you’re using a live site

When you are viewing a live UK government website, you can use our bookmarklet to see archived versions of that site (if we have it archived).

The web archive bookmarklet is a small piece of code that allows your web browser to redirect you to the archive version of the website you’re looking at.

Check the web archive


How to use the bookmarklet:

  1. Make sure the bookmarks bar is visible in your web browser.
  2. Drag the bookmarklet above to your browser’s bookmarks bar.
  3. Visit a UK government website such as GOV.UK.
  4. Click the bookmarklet in your bookmarks bar.