The Friends of The National Archives help fund many new projects at Kew, and it is the Friends’ fundraising that helps to preserve our archival heritage.

Our funds are currently obtained via:

  • Membership subscriptions
  • Gift Aid receipts from HMRC
  • On-line fund raising schemes, e.g. Easyfundraising
  • Charitable donations from organisations and the general public

Membership Subscriptions

Membership subscriptions traditionally have formed the major part of the income of the Friends. New membership rates will be effective from 1 January 2022, the first time that rates have been increased since 2014. Increasing the subscriptions may not be welcome but it has become necessary to give us greater scope and flexibility to extend our support for The National Archives through a wider variety of document, research, education and outreach projects.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is another significant source of our income. Many taxpaying members have completed Gift Aid Declarations which have the effect of increasing the value of their subscription by up to 20%. Any UK taxpaying member who would like to help in this way can obtain a Gift Aid Declaration form. The form should be completed and then posted or sent as an email attachment to

The Friends of The National Archives is registered with This organisation has agreements with over 3,200 major retailers. These retailers (at no cost to the purchasers) pay a percentage of your purchase price to the Friends, if we are nominated as the charity of choice. Full details of what to do are on the EasyFundraising sheet available on our information page or by clicking easy fundraising.


Each year many individuals including members and Kew visitors, make named or anonymous donations. Named donations when associated with a Gift Aid Declaration, are increased by up to 20% at no cost to the taxpaying donor. It is now possible to donate to the Friends though this website by using our online payment facility via PayPal.

If you wish to make a donation now, please click on the “Donate” button below. It will take you to a PayPal page where you can select the method of payment and and enter the amount of your donation.

If you are able to complete a Gift Aid declaration, please click on the following link Gift Aid Declaration to download and complete the form.

Please return the form by attaching it to an email and sending to or by posting it to:

Membership Secretary
The Friends of The National Archives
c/o CEE
The National Archives
Kew, Richmond
Surrey, TW9 4DU

Gift Aid will add significantly to the funds we can raise towards the projects we fund.

Many thanks.