The National Archives (TNA) is a UK government department and an executive agency of the Secretary of State for Justice. It is "the UK government's official archive, containing 1,000 years of history". There are separate national archives in some of the devolved parts of the United Kingdom: the National Archives of Scotland holds government and private documents relating to Scotland and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland holds records for Northern Ireland.
TNA was formerly four separate organisations: the Public Record Office, the Historical Manuscripts Commission, the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) and Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO).
It is institutional policy to include the definite article, with an initial capital letter, in its name (hence "The National Archives", sometimes abbreviated as TNA) but this practice is rarely followed in the non-specialist media.
The National Archives is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice of the United Kingdom. It is "the UK government's official archive, containing 1,000 years of history".
Over 5% of The National Archives’ records have so far been digitised and we are continuing to put records online. You can search the records using Discovery, our catalogue. Your search results will indicate whether the records are available online or not. Searching the catalogue is free of charge, but there may be a fee to download the records.
Opening Times and How to Get There: on the homepage
Coverage extends to Wales, and (to some extent) to Scotland and Northern Ireland as well.