National Archives

October 2014: The National Archives recently launched an innovative upgraded version of Discovery, their catalogue, which now enables archive users to search, browse and tag 32 million record descriptions for thousands of collections across the UK. This replaces the beta service that has been in development over the last year.

As well as the millions of records held by The National Archives, Discovery searches over 10 million additional records held by more than 2,500 archives across the country, making it a unique archival resource for researchers around the world. The value to researchers of combining catalogue and organisational data from across the UK archives sector in one place is enormous, and highlights their commitment to their role as sector lead.

Discovery now incorporates data from:

  • National Register of Archives (NRA)
  • Directory of archives (ARCHON)
  • Access to Archives (A2A)
  • Manorial Documents Register (MDR)