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The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history. We give detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives.

Facts and figures

  • 270,000,000
    online documents accessible through our UK Government Web Archive
  • 1,680,551
    free copies of records downloaded from our DocumentsOnline service in 2008-09
  • 100
    terabytes of space in our digital archive - enough for 1.5 billion A4 pages of text
  • 5
    % of government records are selected for preservation in our collection