Copyright and use
The National Archives makes digital copies of selected records from the collection available for viewing on our website. These digital copies are provided for research and study.
Personal and non-commercial use
Copyright in most images appearing in RecordSearch and PhotoSearch is owned by the Commonwealth government.
Where the Commonwealth government owns copyright, you may download, display, print and reproduce the image in unaltered form for your personal, non-commercial use. It is not necessary to obtain permission to do this, but we do ask that you acknowledge the National Archives as the source and cite the image number.
When you need permission
Permission is required if you intend to publish or reproduce an image from the Archives collection other than for your personal, non-commercial use.
If copyright in an image is not owned by the Commonwealth government, it is your responsibility as the person wishing to use the image to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.
Where we hold relevant information, we will help you determine the copyright status of a particular image. Please contact the National Archives for advice at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on copyright see our fact sheet on Copyright.
Acknowledgement of source
If you use a digital image, the National Archives must be acknowledged as the source and the image must be identified by its item or image number. See our fact sheet on Citing archival records.
There is no permissions fee or charge for downloading, using or reproducing digital copies that are made available online through RecordSearch or PhotoSearch. However, charges are applicable when requesting high resolution scans and photocopies of the original record, or low resolution scans of records not previously digitised. See our fact sheet on Copying Charges.
If you are planning to use an image for which copyright is not owned by the Commonwealth government, the copyright owner may also require you to pay a use fee.
Our collection does contain material for which copyright is held privately. We make this material, which may be up to 100 years old, available for research purposes. If you identify yourself as the copyright holder of a digital image on our website and object to its continued availability online, please contact us at email@example.com