The British National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and for England and Wales.  They are the guardians of some  iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years.

This year the UK National Archives will begin the move towards releasing records when they are 20 years old instead of 30. During 2013 the National archives will receive records from 1983 and 1984 and will be transferred each year until 2022 for records from 2001 and 2002..

In 2013 the government will begin its move towards releasing records when they are 20 years old, instead of 30. During 2013 The National Archives will receive records from 1983 and 1984. Then, two further years’ worth of government records will be transferred to us each year until 2022 when we will receive the records from 2001 and 2002.

This change is a key part of a transparency agenda and will result in historical material being open to the public much earlier than under current arrangements. The intention is to strengthen the democracy through timely public scrutiny of government policy and decision making.

The major change is being implemented in a manageable phased and low cost way with the first phase beginning this year and applies to the government departments and others who transfer records to the National Archives.

“It also applies to the bodies that are places of deposit for their own records, such as the Tate Gallery, and to specialist collecting archives such as the Imperial War Museum. In 2013, The National Archives and these other places of deposit will receive records from 1983 and 1984. Then, two further years’ worth of government records will be transferred each year until 2022. From then on a single years’ worth of records that are 20 years old will be transferred.”

For more information click on National Archives.

1 Comment on British National Archives to release records at 20 years instead of 30

  1. Wendy says:

    Thank you for sharing!

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