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National Archives Online Catalogue

Welcome to the National Archives Online Catalogue. The online catalogue provides access to descriptions of catalogued archival material. In general, the records themselves cannot be viewed online but members of the public are welcome to consult them in our Reading Room. For some records however, there may be images or digital documents attached to the description which can be downloaded and viewed online.

The majority of the record descriptions currently in the online catalogue relate to the records of Government Departments and the courts. The records which are searchable using the online catalogue represent a selection of our holdings: the majority of our records and those not present in our online catalogue can be accessed using the hardcopy finding aids in our Reading Room. Descriptions of records will be continually added to the catalogue as collections and new accessions are processed.