Launch of The National Archives Trust
The National Archives Trust, a new independent education charity, was launched last night with a reception here at Kew. The Trust will be able to fundraise and finance projects that fall outside of our statutory obligations but which can promote the very rich history of our nation.
We were thrilled that Sir Anthony Seldon (Chair of The National Archives Trust) was able to announce a £500,000 grant pledged from the Clore Duffield Foundation at the event. This will contribute to the creation of a Clore Learning Centre here at Kew. We join a network of over 65 museums, galleries, heritage and performing arts learning spaces across the UK as the first archive in the country to host a Clore Learning Centre.
Sir Anthony Seldon yesterday said:
“The National Archives is a treasure trove, and holds the nation’s DNA. We know people are fascinated by history through TV dramas, novels, films and non-fiction books, and we are all richer when we are connected to our heritage. It is a great privilege to be Chair of this exciting new organisation; our history belongs to everyone, and we want these wonderful collections to be enjoyed by people across the nation.”
The Trust’s special guest, The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH, spoke of how history is full of the stories of all of us not just royalty. From the War of the Roses to the Battle of Britain we see the part our ancestors played.
The National Archives Trust will build on our award-winning education programme and our public engagement programme to open up our heritage to new audiences, including by touring events and exhibitions around the country so that families, tourists, and researchers across the nation can enjoy these incredible collections. The National Archives Trust will work with the nation’s extensive archives sector – which is made up of over 2500 archives – to share our histories, both national and local, across the country.
Latest News from
New digital preservation training for archives05/05/2020 16:15:00
National Archives yesterday launched Novice to Know-How, our free online digital preservation training for archive professionals. Part of our ‘Plugged In Powered Up’ strategy, the new training will provide learners with the skills and confidence to preserve born-digital records held by their organisation.
Free access to digital records23/04/2020 14:15:00
National Archives are making digital records available on our website free of charge for as long as our Kew site is closed to visitors.
Time Travel TV launches to help with the return to home-schooling21/04/2020 14:15:00
As many families return to home-schooling after the Easter holidays, today we are launching Time Travel TV, an online video series featuring brand new educational resources.
Newly accredited archive services announced31/03/2020 14:15:00
By attaining accreditation, these archive services have successfully demonstrated that they meet the UK standard around resourcing, collections management and provision of access to collections.
Changes to document ordering25/03/2020 12:33:00
We have decided to delay the implementation of the document ordering trial, as The National Archives is currently closed until further notice.
Coronavirus update18/03/2020 16:15:00
We have decided, for the wellbeing of our visitors, staff and suppliers, to close The National Archives to visitors until further notice as of 19:00 yesterday (Tuesday 17 March).
Coronavirus update13/03/2020 14:15:00
The National Archives currently remains open to visitors with no change to our visiting hours, with exhibitions, events and other activities going ahead as scheduled.
DCDC Conference to take a one-year break05/03/2020 10:05:00
The Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities (DCDC) Conference is taking a brief break in 2020 to build on its success and will return in a new location in summer 2021.
New film ‘Mental Health on Record’ released20/02/2020 13:20:00
We yesterday premiered ‘Mental Health on Record’, a stop-motion animation film made by a group of young people which explores how contemporary views on mental health can be used to interpret historical records from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.