The story of the British Council’s development is a unique and fascinating one, and we encourage any interest in our past activities.

Our archives are records which have been selected for permanent preservation because of their historical significance. 

We do not hold our archives. They are transferred to repositories with better facilities for providing access to researchers. We do not provide research facilities ourselves. 

Below is a list of UK repositories where our records are held and a summary of the type of material available. Most of these repositories have searchable online catalogues where you can find information about our archives.

If you need further assistance in locating the archives you need, please contact our records and archives team.