The National Archives Trust will enhance the capacity for The National Archives to deliver world-class education and engagement activities, to allow people of all ages to access the rich archival heritage of the UK.

The National Archives is a treasure trove, and tells the stories of our world through rich collections including state papers, letters, diaries, photographs and maps. Archives aren’t just full of documents, they are full of people – and the decisions that shape history. For every story of a winner, there are the stories of those who lost. And alongside success, there are failures and errors of judgement. Archives show us how things became as they are, but also how they could have been different.

Not everyone thinks archives are ‘for them’; at present, only 4% of the population visit an archive each year. Many people think archives are just for academics, or for tracing their family tree. We want to change that. This history belongs to everyone, and everyone is a part of history.

You can help us to change history for the better, by supporting the work of The National Archives Trust.

The National Archives

The National Archives is a non-ministerial department, and the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. We are the guardians of over 1,000 years of iconic national documents.

We are expert advisers in information and records management and are a cultural, academic and heritage institution. We fulfil a leadership role for the archive sector and work to secure the future of physical and digital records.