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The National Archives

The National Archives is a non-ministerial department and the official archive and the publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. We work to bring together and secure the future of the public record, both digital and physical, for future generations. Our collection is accessible to anyone all of the world.

We are many things to many audiences:

  • For government, we are the custodian of the public record and trusted experts in managing, preserving, and using and re-using information.
  • For the public, we provide access to more than 1,000 years of the nation’s histories and connect people and communities with the millions of stories contained in our collection.
  • For the archives sector, we provide leadership and support, helping archives to build the skills and capacity needed to sustain the nation’s archival heritage.
  • For the academic community and others engaged in scholarly research, we offer opportunities for working together across a broad range of disciplines – to provide solutions to our key challenges, and to open up greater access in our collection.



Inclusive features



We express our organisational values as ‘integrity’, ‘possibilities’ and ‘people’.


Our work has integrity at its core:

  • the integrity of our collection, and of the services and expertise we provide around it
  • our leadership role in the wider archives sector, supporting the integrity of other collections
  • providing trusted and independent advice and services across government and the wider public sector
  • enabling an increasingly open record and innovation in the use, re-use and sharing of data
  • transparency, accountability and honesty in describing what we do, and what we can do
  • impartiality and objectivity


We know that nothing is achieved without ambition: we value innovation and continual improvement.

  • We are always looking to see how we can improve in everything we do
  • We are prepared to learn from mistakes: we are not reckless, but neither are we risk-averse
  • We have the courage to suggest and test new strategies and solutions – and we encourage and support others in doing the same
  • We are collaborative and agile, moving quickly together to meet new challenges


We believe our most important asset is us: we are The National Archives.

  • We respect each other and our different audiences: we treat people courteously, honestly and fairly
  • We work together: we value the contribution of every colleague in every team, and understand that each has a unique contribution to make
  • We take personal responsibility: we expect the best from ourselves and each other
  • We celebrate excellence
  • We understand that we work better when we enjoy what we do


The National Archives is an equal opportunities employer, committed to equal opportunities policies. We particularly welcome people from all backgrounds so that our workforce mirrors the community we serve. We welcome applications from anyone regardless of their age, disability, ethnicity, heritage, gender, sexuality, social-economic background and political beliefs.

Further Reading

Archives for Everyone

Becoming the Inclusive Archive

The National Archives’ Annual Report and Accounts


Disability Confident

Disability Confident was launched in 2013 to replace the ‘Two Ticks – positive about disabled people’ scheme.  Being Disability Confident means The National Archives is benefitting from diverse skills and making a difference to the disability employment gap.

Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI)

The National Archives is a member of ENEI.


It is important to us that our building and services are accessible for all visitors and staff. See more information about accessing The National Archives’ building and facilities.

Staff forums and action groups

We currently have staff forums for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender staff and neurodiverse staff.  The forums support individuals in the workplace through mentoring, befriending and social networks, and also help to raise awareness of the diversity issues that affect The National Archives and its employees.

Contemplation and prayer room

We have contemplation and prayer rooms available on site.  The rooms are a quiet space for private acts of worship by staff of all religions and for staff requiring contemplation time.

Benefits at The National Archives

List of all the benefits that The National Archives are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • free admission to Kew Gardens
  • discount in The National Archives bookshop
  • subsidised coffee bar
  • on-site car park (limited spaces available on an application basis)
  • Interest-Free Season Ticket Loans
  • Bicycle Loans
  • covered bicycle shed on-site
  • an additional 10.5 days of public and privilege holidays
  • minimum of 22 days annual leave – rising to 25 days after 1 year, and incrementally to a maximum of 30 days after six years’ service
  • choice of occupational defined benefit pension or stakeholder pension
  • staff forums and green committee
  • regular performance reviews
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity Leave And Shared Parental Leave
  • Flexible working
  • On Site Gym
  • Sports and Social Clubs
  • Development and Training
  • A Subsidised Restaurant

Awards & accreditations

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