Archive and manuscript collections

Searching a collection

We have arranged our collections into the following categories, which are then listed in alphabetical order. 

The entry for each collection includes a finding number. The majority of these finding numbers are highlighted and by clicking on these, you will gain access to the online archives catalogue collection description for each of these collections.

These sections will be regularly updated with additions of new collections and with links to new catalogues. 

Our collections

Our most significant collections of archives and manuscripts include:

New acquisitions and temporarily withdrawn items

We are continuously taking receipt of new archive accessions to add to our holdings. You can view details of the new items and collections we have received via The National Archive website.

On occasions, some items are temporarily withdrawn from our holdings for microfilming and other purposes.