The background and legislation around?our role in the archive sector.
In 2011, The National Archives took on additional leadership responsibilities for archives in England.
We work with Arts Council England on several initiatives and have agreed our approach to working together in a Memorandum of Understanding.
The history of the commission Appointed by Royal Warrant in 1869, The Historical Manuscripts Commission (HMC) was first formed to document the location of records and papers in private hands, as opposed to those held at the Public Record Office.
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The National Archives has suspended its reading room service from 5 November 2020 in line with the new national restrictions but our online services remain unaffected.