Our online records

Over 5% of our records have been digitised and are available to download. Browse this section to view some of our most popular online collections.

How to view our records

Our catalogue will tell you whether or not records are available to download. To view records not available online you can:

Full list of catalogues and online records

Access to records held by The National Archives, our partners’ websites and other archives across the UK.

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Surrey TW9 4DU

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Reading old documents

Use our interactive tutorials to decipher documents in old handwriting or Latin, and try out our historical currency converter.

Citing documents in The National Archives

See our guidance on how to cite documents held at The National Archives in notes, publications and theses.