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
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.