The National Archives
  • Ruskin Avenue
    TW9 4DU
Richmond's National Archives are at the heart of information policy, helping inform today's decisions and ensure they become tomorrow's permanent record. One of Richmond borough's more interesting tourist attractions.

The National Archives, what they do and how they operate

The National Archives, based in Richmond, are at the heart of information policy - setting standards and supporting innovation in data and records management across the UK, and providing a practical framework of best practice for opening up and encouraging the re-use of public sector information.


This work aids to inform today´s decisions and ensure that they become tomorrow´s enduring record.


The National Archives is the UK government´s official archive too, containing 900 years of history from Domesday Book to the present, with records ranging from parchment and paper scrolls through to recently created digital files and archived websites. Increasingly, these records are being put online, making them accessible to everyone and the National Archives in Richmond a beneficial tourist attraction.


Who they are

The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Secretary of State for Justice. It brings together the Public Record Office, Historical Manuscripts Commission, the Office of Public Sector Information and Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

The Vision of The National Archives is to:

  • Lead and transform information management
  • Guarantee the survival of today's information for tomorrow
  • Deliver history to life for everyone


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