The Friends of The National Archives is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), whose members have various powers under its constitution. These powers include voting on amendments to the constitution; to elect trustees; to put resolutions to General Meetings of the members; to vote on amalgamation or transfer of assets to another CIO and dissolution of the CIO.

Under charity law all CIO members have a duty to exercise these members’ powers in the way they consider in good faith is most likely to further the CIO’s charitable purposes. The constitution requires that you confirm your acceptance of this duty to become a full voting member of the CIO. If you do not agree to exercise the powers vested in members then your application cannot be accepted.

By applying for membership you acknowledge and agree to exercise these powers, and your name will be then be entered into the Register of Members.

From 1 January 2022, a new membership management system will be in place. The new structure and rates are being introduced on a rolling programme of implementation as membership becomes due for renewal.

The current rather complex structure is being replaced by something much more straightforward with only five categories:

A – Individual (age over 18 years) £30

B – Joint Membership (two people at the same address over 18 years) £45

C – Discount (age over 18 and under 27 years) studying in higher education £20

D – Institutions and organisations £90

E – Life Membership (age over 18 years) £500

Increasing the subscriptions may not be welcome but it has become necessary, given they have not been increased since 2014. In doing so we are determined to ensure that we maintain and increase the membership benefits, rather than charge more for less. The increase in subscriptions will also 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.

We have chosen VeryConnect to provide us with a comprehensive membership management software package. The trustees are satisfied that we have chosen a reliable partner who will deliver a secure and professional service that meets our current needs with scope to develop in the future. The company provides software and support to a number of public, private and charity organisations across 16 countries including the UK Department for Education Office for Students, Fiji National University, University of Strathclyde, Society of Antiquaries of London and the Society of Genealogists.

During January you will receive an email from VeryConnect inviting you to sign up and create an account on our new single sign on platform for membership services and the members’ area of our website. The one-stop access will enable you to set your preferences and make amendments to your membership details as well as accessing the magazine, articles, podcasts and blog in our members’ area. The current arrangements for logging in to our website will be discontinued. Please see the image below.

Please make sure you click on the correct part of the log in screen. See photo below:




New Membership Categories

Individual Membership – £30 for 12 months

Available to an individual, aged 18 years or over. To apply please click here

Joint Membership – £45 for 12 months

Available for two individuals living at the same address, aged 18 years or over. To apply, please click here

Discount Membership – £20 for 12 months

Available to an individual aged between 18 years and under 27 years, in full time education. To apply, please click here

Organisation, Society or Research Group – £90 for 12 months

Available to organisations involved in historical research, library or archival services. Membership does not extend to their individual members, only to the organisation itself. To apply, please click here

Life Membership – £500

Available to a single individual over 18 years of age. To apply, please click here