Archives are important because they provide evidence of activities and tell us more about individuals and institutions. They tell stories. They also increase our sense of identity and understanding of cultures. They can even ensure justice.
Records weren’t usually created for the purpose of historical research so they often provide a less biased account of events than secondary sources.
To hear why certain prominent historians and politicians consider archives to be of great importance, watch this video, which was created for The National Archives’ ‘ARCHI’VE EXPLORED’ campaign.