Tadas Khazanavicius appointed as Executive Director of The National Archives Trust

September 1 2022

The National Archives Trust has appointed Tadas Khazanavicius to the role of Executive Director, following a highly competitive recruitment campaign. He takes up post on 19th September 2022, and will work closely with the Trust’s Board along with The National Archives’ leadership team to share the nation’s incredible archival collections with diverse audiences across the UK.

Tadas brings 20 years’ experience in the UK’s culture and heritage sector, joining the Trust from the British Museum, where he has held the role of Head of International Philanthropy since 2010. At the Museum, he led a team which oversaw a broad portfolio of family and institutional trusts and foundations, statutory funders and individual donor groups, as well as international bodies and government arms. Tadas has also held positions at the National Theatre and the Prince’s Foundation in the UK, and at the Toronto Arts Council and the Toronto Theatre Alliance in Canada.

Sir Anthony Seldon, Chair of The National Archives Trust, said ‘I am delighted to welcome Tadas to this vital and exciting role. With his impressive history of fundraising success and strong vision for the future, Tadas is the perfect choice of Executive Director to lead the Trust as we work with The National Archives to transform the ways in which our documentary heritage is used and appreciated across the country.’

Jeff James, CEO of The National Archives, added, Tadas’s appointment marks a new phase in our partnership with The National Archives Trust. I look forward to working with him, along with Sir Anthony and the other Trustees, to achieve our ambitious goals for engaging the public with our collections and making our archives truly national.’

The National Archives Trust Launches with £500k pledge from Clore Duffield Foundation

February 11 2020

The National Archives Trust, a new independent education body, launched on 11 February at The National Archives in Kew, with the announcement of a £500,000 grant pledged by the Clore Duffield Foundation.

Sir Anthony Seldon, Chair of the Board of Trustees and Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper at The National Archives were joined by special guest, The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH as well as invited guests and friends.

Sir Anthony Seldon said: ‘The National Archives is a treasure trove, and holds the nation’s DNA. We are all richer when we are connected to our heritage, and it is a great privilege to be Chair of this exciting new organisation. Our history belongs to everyone, and we want these wonderful collections to be enjoyed by people across the nation.’

The Trust will be a registered charity, supporting world-leading education and engagement programmes that celebrate and promote the rich archival heritage of the UK, represented in the collections held by The National Archives and many other archives throughout the country.

The National Archives holds over 11 million records from over 1000 years of the nation’s history. It currently has an award winning education service, and a successful public engagement programme comprising exhibitions, talks, document displays, and themed evenings.

The National Archives Trust will build on this programme to bring our heritage to new audiences, including by touring events and exhibitions around the country so that families, tourists, and researchers across the nation can enjoy these incredible collections.

This first grant will contribute to the creation of a Clore Learning Centre at The National Archives. It will be the first archive to establish a Clore Learning Centre, and joins a network of over 65 museum, galleries, heritage and performing arts learning spaces across the UK.

Dame Vivien Duffield, Chair of the Clore Duffield Foundation said: ‘My Foundation has funded more than 65 Clore Learning Spaces across the UK – within a diverse range of galleries, museums, theatres, performing arts organisations and heritage sites – so we are delighted now to be extending that support to an archive for the first time, enabling The National Archives to engage many more young learners with its extraordinary collections.’

Sir Anthony Seldon said: ‘We are immensely grateful to the Clore Duffield Foundation for their support as we launch. It is wonderful that The National Archives will be the first archive to establish a Clore Learning Centre, and with their help, we will be able to give many more children the opportunity to have a first-hand encounter with history.’