The National Archives

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The National Archives is the official archives and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. We work to bring together and secure the future of the public record, both digital and physical, for future generations.

The National Archives is open to all, offering a range of activities and spaces to enjoy, as well as our reading rooms for research. Many of our most popular records are also available online.

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Opening hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

Closed Sunday and Monday

Admission charges


Archives of the British government covering over a thousand years of world history and all seven continents from Arctic explorers and Middle Eastern embassies to papal bulls and the photographic collections of Colonial administrations.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Social History, Photography, Maritime, Law and Order, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Domesday Book
  • Magna Carta
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Valor Ecclesiasticus
  • Victorian photographs
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Reading old documents: Introduction to Medieval and Tudor palaeography

  • 28 June 2017 6-7pm

** Please note: This webinar is an online only event**

Reading old documents: Introduction to Medieval and Tudor palaeography

In this series of three monthly webinars, you will learn the basic skills required to read handwriting from the past, and discover some tips and tricks to help you get to grips with original documents.

Over the course of the series, you will have the opportunity to discover some of the unique historical documents in our collection, including a widow’s will from the 15th century, legal records from the Star Chamber (one of the most powerful courts in Tudor England) and an inventory of Thomas Cromwell’s house.

All documents will be in English, no knowledge of Latin is required.

This is the second instalment of a three-part series.

The first and second parts of this series can be found here:

Part one -

Part two -

** Please note: This webinar is an online only event**




This is a free online event.

** Please note: This webinar is an online only event**


Mapping woman's suffrage

Mapping woman’s suffrage

  • 28 June 2017 2-3:30pm

The women’s suffrage campaign in Britain was a particularly long and difficult struggle. It was fought by women and men in cities, towns and villages right across the country.
This talk, featuring suffrage experts Jill Liddington and Elizabeth Crawford, showcases ‘Mapping Women’s Suffrage’, a new digital project which will be launched for the suffrage centenary commemorations in 2018. The project will enable the public to discover the locations of suffrage campaigners across England in 1911.
Supplemented by photographs and biographical snapshots, this talk will illuminate some of the stories of suffrage campaigners at a momentous time in women’s history.


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