Archive explorer

When creating descriptions of records, archivists make it clear where items are located and also how they are related. With millions of records to explore, this structured view helps us know where to go next to continue our research – whether to dive deeper, scale back or move sideways.

The National Archives organises collections into . Try looking in some of the departments below:

7,133,847 items in the archive were created between the years 1000 and 2020. The bars below show the number of items within departments. See more by expanding a bar.


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There are 1906846 more things in that are not in the above boxes - try narrowing the years or adding some subjects to reveal their boxes.

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