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
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.