The National Archives (TNA)
Kew
Richmond Surrey TW9 4DU
UK
Link to website

Notes: The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history. We give detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives.

TNA was created in April 2003 to maintain a national archive for England, Wales and the central UK government. There are separate national archives for the rest of the United Kingdom: the National Archives of Scotland holds government and private documents relating to Scotland and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland holds records for Northern Ireland.

TNA was formerly four separate organisations: the Public Record Office, the Historical Manuscripts Commission (formerly the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts), the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) and Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO).
Source: TNA website and Wikipedia

Notes on Crown copyright and TNA

Crown copyright covers material created by civil servants, ministers and government departments and agencies. It is legally defined under section 163 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as works made by officers or servants of the Crown in the course of their duties. Since 1999, Crown copyright has been waived (set aside) in the contents of most unpublished public records held by TNA. You can index, transcribe (put into writing), publish and broadcast the contents of crown copyright material and material that is not in copyright without needing formal permission, having to pay a copyright fee or acknowledging copyright (on the material itself). You can use the material in an exhibition or lecture. You should acknowledge the fact that TNA holds the original document, and give the archive reference.

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