History Collections
Find out more about history collections and History Day

History Collections

Find out more about history collections and History Day

Polygraphiae written by Johannes Trithemius, printed 1518 (Call number: RARE BOOKS 66)

The National Archives and The National Archives’ Library


The National Archives is a non-ministerial department, and the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. We are the guardians of over 1,000 years of iconic national documents. The records reflect the culture and heritage within Britain since the 11th century.

Alongside the rich archival holdings of The National Archives there is a large, comprehensive and interesting research library that is accessible to all.  It contains thousands of printed and online sources that compliment and support research into the archives.


History Day 2022 contributions

Introduction to the Library at The National Archives (Powerpoint file)

History Day 2021 contributions


History Day 2020 contributions


From The National Archives Library:


From The National Archives:

  • Live Twitter chat (12:00-14:00): The National Archives’ records specialists will be tweeting about their areas of expertise and their favourite items in the collections. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions to specialists during this time. The National Archives’ Research team will also be tweeting about other resources, programmes and events that might be of interest to historians and students.Follow the hashtag #HistDay20 and The National Archives’ Research Twitter handle @UkNatArcRes.
  • Live session: Katherine Howells contributes to the Exploring History in the Digital World panel session.