Current opportunities

The National Archives offers the following volunteering opportunities:

  • Remote projects
  • On site projects
  • Projects involving online collaboration – you do not need to contact us to take part in these activities

Get started using the links below.

To find out more about upcoming opportunities, sign up for regular email updates from The National Archives.

You can contact if you would like to get involved.

You can also read more about other volunteering projects happening at The National Archives now and the experiences of our volunteers.

Remote projects

We are currently hosting a selection of remote volunteering projects using the transcription and collaboration website From The Page. Although this is limited at present, we are looking to add further projects in the future.

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To get involved in one of our projects head over to our page on From the Page. You will need to create a free account but once you have done this you can start transcribing our records with us.

The projects that we currently have online are:

  • Copyright Entry Forms: Paintings and Drawings (COPY 1)
  • Van Diemen’s Land: Indexes to 19thcentury Colonial Office Correspondence (CO 201)
  • Indexes to 16th-century Lord Chancellors Miscellaneous Records (LC)
  • 19thcentury British army records (WO 25 and WO 76)

There is guidance on the web page for each project to help you, but if you have any questions regarding these projects then please email or leave a note on an individual page and we will answer.

On site projects at Kew

There are currently no on site projects.

Projects involving online collaboration

  • Help us to describe our records online. We are encouraging users to help tag and contribute to our records, both in our online catalogue, Discovery, and on other interfaces such as the photo-sharing website Flickr.
  • Discovery – the introduction of a tagging tool to Discovery allows users to assign key words or phrases to our records, helping other users to find records that they previously wouldn’t have identified. As much of the catalogue data also uses older language to describe our records, tagging presents the opportunity to refresh and modernise some of this language, making it relevant to today’s users. This will lay the foundations for future developments, such as adding user-generated content to catalogue descriptions and tagging records with location information.
  • Through a lens – our ‘Through a lens’ series has seen the publication on Flickr of the CO 1069 series of photographs, providing online access to thousands of photographs previously only available at Kew. This has given users the opportunity to engage with our records, to tag and contribute comments and suggestions to help improve catalogue descriptions and geographical references. Our ultimate intention is to extract these contributions from Flickr and add them to our catalogue. Building on the success of our Africa through a lens project in 2011, and the Your Caribbean Heritage cataloguing project, our wider Caribbean through a lens project seeks to build relationships with under-represented communities regionally and engage with non-traditional audiences of archives. Contribute to our collections on Flickr now.