National Archive free downloads
While the National Archive Kew site is closed, signed-in users can download digital records for free: Read about our fair use policy and why we are doing this.
What sort of documents can I download?
You will be able to download records digitised by The National Archives and published through Discovery, their online catalogue. These include:
- First and Second World War records, including medal index cards
- Military records, including unit war diaries
- Royal and Merchant Navy records, including Royal Marine service records
- Wills from the jurisdiction of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
- Migration records, including aliens’ registration cards and naturalisation case papers
- 20th century Cabinet Papers and Security Service files
- Domesday Book