Summer at The National Archives
This Summer at The National Archives you might be surprised by what you discover.
Just 10 minutes’ walk from Kew Gardens station, our beautiful wildlife, free Cold War exhibition, fun-packed family activities, BBQs and ice cream await.
We are free to visit and open Tuesday to Saturday and the first Sunday of the month. Join us on Sunday 4 August and Sunday 1 September for our next Sunday openings, from 11.00 – 16.00 Please note that the reading rooms and library are closed on First Sundays.
School’s out and we’re here all summer with a fun-packed programme of family-friendly activities.
Free family trail – My Grandad: The Spy
Find clues, break codes and keep undercover in this secret mission, suitable for the whole family.
This interactive game requires a smart phone to take part. Booking essential.
Our Cold War exhibition provides an immersive and fascinating take on life in Britain during a turbulent era. Free to visit and open until 9 November 2019 #ColdWarSeason
Our What’s On programme features an exciting line-up of talks and events that showcase over 1,000 years of historic records.
Dine al fresco
With an outdoor terrace and balcony seating, enjoy coffee and lunch in a peaceful setting. We’ll be firing up the BBQ every Thursday this summer (weather permitting!) or you can opt for a cooler treat from our ice cream cart instead.
Latest News from
Jeff James visits M&S29/08/2019 14:15:00
Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives visited the M&S Company Archive at its home at the University of Leeds this week as part of a nationwide tour of archives in his position as Historical Manuscripts Commissioner.
DCDC bursaries awarded29/08/2019 12:15:00
Four bursaries have been awarded for this year’s Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities (DCDC) conference, following a competition funded by The National Archives. The competition was open to students and others who would not otherwise be able to attend the event in November.
Peterloo remembered in free online course06/08/2019 09:20:00
Original records held by The National Archives will feature in a free-to-join online course examining the Peterloo Massacre.
New learning spaces for the historians of tomorrow05/08/2019 15:42:00
The National Archive will shortly begin construction of two major new learning spaces within our first floor reading rooms.
Collaborate and Innovate archive fund launched02/08/2019 12:15:00
The National Archives are pleased to announce the launch of our new funding programme for the archive sector titled Collaborate and Innovate.
Read our annual report and accounts 2018-1925/07/2019 16:15:00
The 16th annual report and accounts for The National Archives are now available online, where you can read about our highlights during 2018-19 and the completion of our four-year strategy.
Prime Minister’s papers from 1995 released19/07/2019 17:08:00
The National Archives yesterday released files from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office, predominantly covering the years 1994 – 1995 but with some files from the 1950s and 1960s.
Newly accredited archive services19/07/2019 08:15:00
The UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee is pleased to announce that the following archive services were awarded Archive Service Accreditation at a recent panel meeting, meaning there are now over 150 accredited archive services:
The National Archives announces first Artist in Residence17/07/2019 14:15:00
The National Archives are delighted to announce that Michael Takeo Magruder will be our first ever Artist in Residence. A renowned artist and researcher, Michael will be tasked with translating The National Archives’ rich digital data sources into thought-provoking and beautiful artworks and installations.