About The National Archives
About The National ArchivesWe 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.
We are 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.
Archives are collections of records in all media that provide us with a wealth of information about people, places and institutions. Without them, we could not trace our ancestry or explore our collective and individual identities. Archives have an impact across society – from inspiring literature and influencing design to informing research and challenging established views of the past. As a result, it is crucial that we preserve them and enable others to engage with them.
Importantly, the archives of today are digital rather than on paper, and so there has never been a more exciting time for people with technical skills to join the archives sector.
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