Existing members, please click here to renew or update your details in the members portal (VeryConnect).

Welcome to our membership application page

By becoming a member of the Friends, you can help us provide support to The National Archives in preserving the nation’s documentary heritage and making it more accessible to the public.

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 then be entered into the Register of Members.

Membership Benefits

  • 20 per cent discount on purchases in the bookshop at Kew and online
  • Special members’ only events including behind-the-scenes tours at The National Archives
  • The 48-page members’ magazine Magna is published twice a year (May and November)
  • Access to our dedicated members’ lounge at Kew
  • Members’ area on this website for access to our magazine and newsletter archive, blog, forum and other publications

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


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