Department for Culture Media and Sport


Archives are a rich resource of knowledge for the nation.

Our role

In July 2010, the Secretary of State announced plans to wind up the MLA. On 20 April 2011, we announced that support and leadership for the UK’s archive sector would transfer from the MLA to The National Archives in April 2012. In fact, responsibility transferred in October 2011.

All correspondence and enquiries about archives services and policy should now be directed to The National Archives. TNA is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice.