The National Archives Digital Repository

The Digital Preservation Department at the National Archives was set up in July 2001 and charged with developing a method of storing, preserving and providing access to electronic Government records, everything from e-mails and web pages to multimedia formats. Specialists were recruited to meet this challenge - part of the Modernising Government initiative, which is establishing ways for citizens and businesses to communicate with the government electronically. Following an intensive development period, involving a team drawn from all business groups at the National Archives, on 2 April 2003 the Digital Archive was launched. For the first time a digital repository, successfully storing and making available electronic records of Government held here at the National Archives was available to users.

Last reviewed: 
22 February, 2012