The National Archives closed until further notice


17 March 2020
'We have made the decision to close The National Archives to the public from 19:00 today (Tuesday 17 March) until further notice,' Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives

As efforts around the UK ramp up to help reduce the spread of the Corona virus, the UK National Archives will be closing its doors to family historians for the foreseeable future. Jeff James: 'In a time of national effort, it is important that we play our part: by protecting what is valuable, maintaining what is essential and by working flexibly to carry out our duties in new ways.'

The National Archives have also announced that is has cancelled all scheduled events have been cancelled until at least the end of May.

The Archives' website is of course a treasure trove of information, and packed with resources to stave off boredom, from podcasts to listen to, a free palaeography course to take, research guides to read, 9 million downloadable records and so much more. Explore it at


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