– Urgent message for all members regarding the issue of 2018 Membership cards – please see our Updates page here for information.

– The Friends’ website can now be accessed using ftna.org.uk (www is not required) – please see our Updates page here for more information.

Helping to preserve the nation’s documentary heritage and making it more accessible

The Friends of The National Archives is a registered charity and voluntary organisation set up in 1988 at the then Public Record Office (PRO) and launched at a conference celebrating 150 years of the setting up of the PRO. We now have over 1100 members across the UK and globally too – including Europe, and North America. We were registered as a charity in 1990. We have a governing Council, comprising members of the Charity with trustee status and responsibility. The governance of the Friends is entirely on a voluntary basis. The Friends is a member of the British Association of the Friends of Museums (BAFM). We also network with other like-minded voluntary organisations supporting local archives, in addition to local and family history societies.

Membership benefits

  • 20 per cent discount on purchases in the bookshop at Kew and online
  • 20 per cent discount on charges for events run by The National Archives
  • Special members’ only events including behind-the-scenes tours at The National Archives
  • Behind-the-scenes visits to historic places and collections
  • The 48 page members’ magazine Magna is published twice a year
  • The Outreach newsletter is published electronically every two months
  • Access to our dedicated members’ lounge at Kew
  • Members’ area on this website for access to our magazine, newsletter, blog, forum and other publications

For more information, please click on the links below:

Click here for the general Updates page, and here for a summary of website changes.  


The new Bookshop code for 2018, click here for more information.


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