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
Preparing to welcome back visitors: more seats and greater access26/11/2020 14:48:00
National Archives are waiting for clarification of when they will be able to resume our public reading room services and they will share information as they get it.
Archive services achieve accreditation for a second time19/11/2020 14:10:00
The UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee are pleased to announce that Lancashire Archives and London Metropolitan Archives have been awarded accredited status for the second time.
The National Archives joins the Climate Heritage Network09/11/2020 15:15:15
Today National Archives published their statement on Sustainability and Climate Action as we announce our membership of the Climate Heritage Network (CHN).
Creative writing competition launched for schools15/10/2020 16:15:00
Lots of historical records focus on the rich, the influencers or the winners of particular periods. But in a new education resource now available on our website, The National Archives focuses on the voices of the poor in British Victorian society.
Five Photos: New online resource launched30/09/2020 09:15:00
National Archives yesterday launched Five Photos, a new online resource that aims to engage older generations using imagery from our extensive collection.
Over £330,000 awarded in grants to archive services18/09/2020 14:15:00
During the COVID-19 pandemic, archives have demonstrated an impressive ability to innovate and engage with archive users.
Digital preservation project shortlisted for award16/09/2020 12:43:00
National Archives are delighted to announce that our Safeguarding the Nation’s Digital Memory project team has been shortlisted for The Software Sustainability Institute Award for Research and Innovation at the 2020 Digital Preservation Awards.
The National Archives now open, offering greater access to our collections07/09/2020 13:38:00
National Archives are very pleased to be able to welcome visitors back into our reading rooms, offering a limited service to visitors who need access to our collection of original documents for their research.
Artwork to commemorate heroes of the Blitz commissioned by Ancestry07/09/2020 09:15:00
Family history experts Ancestry have commissioned 33 artists around the UK to create artwork based on Civil Gallantry Award records held at The National Archives to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of the Blitz.