Coronavirus update

The National Archives’ reading room services are currently suspended. Many of our staff are working from home and still providing a service and point of contact for the archive sector.

Here you can find our statements relating to Archive Service Accreditation, Places of Deposit, collections safety and our funding programmes. We have also compiled a list of useful resources from other organisations and created a re-opening checklist of areas for consideration as the archives sector moves towards re-establishing access to collections.

Find out about our Covid-19 Archives Fund, which will help secure analogue and digital records at risk across the UK.

Our coronavirus response and guidance

We are still providing a service and point of contact for the archive sector during the pandemic.

Collaborating with the archive sector

Collaborating with the ARA During the Covid-19 pandemic, archives have demonstrated an impressive ability to continue innovating and engaging with archive users, but the sector faces many short and long-term challenges.

Information for Places of Deposit

Places of deposit for public records are appointed to hold specific record classes in agreement with their parent authority under Section 4 (1) of the Public Records Act (1958).

Other useful resources

As well as the information from The National Archives, numerous other organisations and networks have produced useful resources for responding to Covid-19.

Making plans for re-opening

Below are some principles and operational factors that an archive service should take into account when planning for its re-opening following an extended closure.

Planning short-term changes to services

The pandemic response has required archive services to manage their operations with different levels of access at different times.