National Archives

An executive agency

Requests to the National Archives can be made for:

  • information in the archives that was transferred to the National Archives from other government departments
  • information from the National Archive's own administrative records

Around 5% of the National Archives' records are available online.

A Freedom of Information request can be used to require the National Archives to consider if a "closed" record should remain closed, and to obtain a copy if it is deemed appropriate to release it*.

The National Archives has a record copying service which can be used to obtain digital copies of documents, not previously digitised, for a fee. Freedom of Information law does not provide a route for avoiding these fees as the exemption applying to information accessible by other means will usually apply - though that exemption is subject to a reasonableness test.

The National Archives is also the place to file FOI requests to the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) and Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO).
Requests for information held by The London Gazette, The Belfast Gazette or The Edinburgh Gazette should be made to the National Archives.
The National Archives was formally known as the Public Records Office.
Regulations allow the National Archives to make charges in respect of some requests for information. Requestors will be notified in advance if a charge is payable.

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Ethiopia-Sudan Boundary Records
Ymateb gan National Archives i F. G. Haile ar .

Rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear F. G. Haile, Thank you for contacting The National Archives of the United Kingdom. We may have records relating to your enquiry and the way to...
Dear Rossa McPhillips,   Thank you for your information request to The National Archives. We are handling your request and have given it reference n...
Dear Rossa McPhillips,   Thank you for your information request to The National Archives. We are handling your request and have given it reference n...
Dear Rossa McPhillips,   Thank you for your information request to The National Archives. We are handling your request and have given it reference n...
SSBN Security Sub-Committee (DEFE 69/205)
Ymateb gan National Archives i ROSSA MCPHILLIPS ar .

Gwybodaeth heb ei gadw.

Dear Rossa, Thank you for your enquiry of 01/06/2021 regarding a review of:   DEFE 69/205 - SSBN Security Sub-Committee The National Archives has...
Dear Rossa, Thank you for your enquiry of 01/06/2021 regarding a review of:   DEFE 69/88 - Additional staff for Directorate of Naval Security for...
Please can the file titled 'Additional staff for Directorate of Naval Security for personnel security of POLARIS submarine crews' (DEFE 69/88) dated...
Dear Mr Kelly,    Please find attached our response to your request for an internal review into our handling of your FOI request for access to the f...
PREM3 - 252 Group Section 5
Ymateb gan National Archives i Malcolm Kenworthy ar .

Yn aros am gael ei ddosbarthu.

Dear Mr. Kenworthy, Thank you for contacting The National Archives of the United Kingdom. Please first bear in mind that we are currently closed to...
Managing Information Disclosure Requests
Ymateb gan National Archives i Mr Owen ar .

Llwyddiannus.

Dear Mr Owen,       Thank you for your enquiry of  5^th January 2021, in which you asked for information on FOI, SAR and DPA/GDPR software solutions...
Request to reopen some "Operation Orpheus" documents
Ymateb gan National Archives i John Seaman ar .

Rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Mr Seaman, Further to your original enquiry of 29th September, 2020 and our last response of 30th September, 2020 I am writing to provide you w...
Core Business Systems
Ymateb gan National Archives i Robin Nicholas Barter ar .

Gwrthodwyd.

Dear Mr Barter, Thank you for your enquiry of  17^th December 2020, in which you asked for information on various software systems and associated co...
Shingle Street Suffolk
Ymateb gan National Archives i John Cooper ar .

Gwybodaeth heb ei gadw.

Dear Mr Cooper, Thank you for contacting The National Archives of the United Kingdom. We may have records relating to your enquiry and the way to f...
Dear Mr Nash, Thank you for your enquiry of 5th October 2020, in which you asked for a revised version of The Communications (Television Licensing)...
Information on an anti-deportation campaign
Ymateb gan National Archives i Amy Grant ar .

Yn aros am gael ei ddosbarthu.

Dear Miss Grant, The National Archives has now re-opened to the public and we will continue to offer a limited service to visitors. Processing of FOI...
Requests for copies of information or documents by post
Dilynol a anfonwyd at National Archives gan William Fitzpatrick ar .

Rhannol lwyddiannus.

I would like to write a quick note to thank you for your (albeit delayed) response to my request. It is a shame you were unable to provide all the...
Citizenship of Southern Rhodesia and British Nationality Act 1963
Ymateb gan National Archives i Kyle Muller ar .

Yn aros am gael ei ddosbarthu.

Dear Mr Muller, Thank you for your enquiry of 19^th August, 2020 regarding access to:   FCO 36/1301 - Citizenship of Southern Rhodesia and Britis...
The Zangwill Report
Ymateb gan National Archives i L Langley ar .

Gwrthodwyd.

Dear L Langley, As previously described, The National Archives Record Copying service is currently suspended for most requests. They are at present on...
Dear Mr Geoghegan, Thank you for contacting The National Archives of the United Kingdom. The National Archives does not hold the records of Islingt...
Dear Mr Geoghegan, Thank you for contacting The National Archives of the United Kingdom. The National Archives does not hold the records of Islingt...
Dear Mr McDowell, Thank you for contacting The National Archives of the United Kingdom. Please bear in mind that the lockdown measures in place as a...
Dear Mrs Batterberry, Thank you for your enquiry of 4th May 2020, in which you asked for the following information. I would like to receive a copy...
Managed Print contract
Ymateb gan National Archives i Chris Steele ar .

Llwyddiannus.

Dear Mr. Steele, Thank you for your enquiry of 8th April 2020, in which you asked whether the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) is included...
Dear Miss Price, Thank you for your enquiry of April 3rd 2020, in which you asked for information about the EDRMS contract at The National Archives....
The Utting Report
Ymateb gan National Archives i Vickie ar .

Gwybodaeth heb ei gadw.

Dear Vickie, Thank you for your enquiry of 3 March 2019 requesting a copy of the 1997 Utting Report. Please see attached The National Archives res...

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