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The National Archives is a centre of expertise in creating, managing and preserving official information.  We work with 250 government and public sector bodies, helping them to manage and use information more effectively.  

As the government's national archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom, we hold over 1,000 years of the nation's records for everyone to discover and use.

We also perform the Historical Manuscripts Commission's functions in relation to private records.