The  State Library of Victoria  is trialling the UK National Archives Discovery Service until May 22, 2013. The trial provides free access to the digitised documents available on the National Archives website.

The National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and for England and Wales.


The Archive holds over 11 million British historical government and public records from the last 1,000 years. Many of the most popular records are now available online and can be downloaded in PDF format.

Some of the online collections include:

Wills (1384-1858)
Cabinet papers (1915-1982)
British Army medal index cards (1914-1920)
Royal Air Force service records and record books (1918-1920 and 1939-1945)
Royal Naval officers’ service records 1756-1917
Merchant shipping movement cards
Irish maps (c.1558-c.1610)

Many other collections of National Archive documents are already available online through such databases as Ancestry Library Edition and Findmypast.UK – both available in the State Library of Victoria.

To help you find the records relevant to your research the National Archives have developed three excellent guides on looking for a place, a person or a subject.

Access is available from home. Simply go to the link on our trial database page and sign in using your State Library registered user card.

We encourage you to use this fabulous new eResource and  ask that you send your comments to us via our online feedback form, by May 22.

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  1. Thank you so much for alerting me to this

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