Repository:National Archives (United Kingdom)

Repository National Archives (United Kingdom)
Postal Address Kew,
TW9 4DU,
United Kingdom.
Place England
Phone +44 20 8876 3444

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The National Archives (TNA) is a non-ministerial government department. Its parent department is the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the official archive of the UK government and for England and Wales; and "guardian of some of the nation's most iconic documents, dating back more than 1,000 years." There are separate national archives for Scotland (the National Records of Scotland) and Northern Ireland (the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland).

TNA was formerly four separate organisations: the Public Record Office (PRO), the Historical Manuscripts Commission, the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) and Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO). The Public Record Office still exists as a legal entity, as the enabling legislation has not been modified, and documents held by the institution thus continue to be cited by many scholars as part of the PRO. Since 2008, TNA has also hosted the former UK Statute Law Database, now known as

It is institutional policy to include the definite article, with an initial capital letter, in its name (hence "The National Archives", abbreviated as TNA) but this practice is not always followed in the non-specialist media.

The department is the responsibility of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism; a minister in the Government of the United Kingdom.

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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.

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