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Research underpins much of what we do at The National Archives: capturing the historical record of government, preserving digital and paper records and providing effective services to researchers.

As an originator and supporter of research, we maintain an innovative programme to develop and test new ideas, for the benefit of government, information and preservation professionals. We are recognised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as an Independent Research Organisation.

Collaborating with academics is important to The National Archives and we welcome applications to partner external research projects. However, due to limited resources, we are unable to support every application we receive. We have therefore drawn up a set of research priorities to inform research partnership decisions and to direct the work of the Research Team.  All potential new projects will be evaluated against these priorities, so please do consider them when approaching The National Archives for support.  

For those intending to create web or digital outputs as a result of their research projects, we ask that academic colleagues think carefully about appropriate digital standards and metadata creation so that created resources can easily be transferred and sustained. The National Archives is happy to discuss draft proposals in this area, and would appreciate being involved in the early stages in planning on these issues. Please email for further information.

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The National Archives is co-hosting a free academic conference on the Fine Rolls of Henry III. The conference marks the end of the long-running and successful project to make images of the Fine Rolls of Henry III available online; together with translations, a search facility and supporting materials. The conference will take place at King's College London on 24 and 25 June, with speakers from a range of academic institutions discussing different aspects of the Fine Rolls and the project.

View the conference poster (PDF, 0.24Mb)

Current projects

Find out what we're working on in current projects.

If you are interested in collaborating with us on research projects, please see our guidance for research partners.

See some of the research published by staff at The National Archives.


The research strategy sets out our vision for positioning The National Archives as the leading practitioner in the UK through engagement with research.

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The work we undertake at The National Archives on research and collections is underpinned by our academic strategy.

Read our academic strategy (2010) (PDF, 0.09Mb)

Code of Conduct

The National Archives wishes to set out a code of conduct relating to research.  It reflects the principles of the RESPECT project (Code of Professional Conduct in Socio-Economic Research), which seeks to ensure respect for research ethics, intellectual property, confidentiality, professional qualifications, professional standards and for research users.

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Using documents at The National Archives

Find comprehensive guidance on the citation of documents held at The National Archives in theses and publications.

We offer free academic inductions at The National Archives for groups of postgraduates or researchers.

Stay in touch

You can sign up to our academic contacts database, through which we will keep you informed and seek your views on matters relevant to you.

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For more information about collaborative academic research at The National Archives, please email

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