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13 June 2014

The Friends of The National Archives has recently reached its 2014 target of over 1,000 members.

Founded in 1988, the Friends make up a voluntary organisation and a registered charity, dedicated to supporting The National Archives' role in preserving and providing access to the nation's records.

Many members live in London and the South East, but the community is spreading across the world. There are now Friends in many countries including a number of the European nations, North America and Canada, Australia, Norway and Iran. In recent months the Friends have been recruiting more intensively, mainly on site at Kew but also reaching out to new communities.

The Friends are not only a sociable and charitable group: their collective knowledge about our records makes them a valuable resource to researchers of all kinds.

Some of the membership benefits include:

  • opportunities to network with records experts and enthusiasts of all kinds
  • the Friends' magazine Magna three times a year
  • Outreach, a bi-monthly enewsletter

Find out more about The Friends of The National Archives and how you can join.

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