The National Archives - Files

The National Archives Catalogue contains 11 million searchable descriptions of records from central government, courts of law and other UK national bodies. The records (and their descriptions) are arranged under the different government departments that originated them. The structure of the catalogue is listed below.

Read the guide to the most popular codes for government departments on The National Archives website.

The catalogue itself is organised hierarchically to reflect the origin and structure of the records. There are seven levels in the catalogue, ranging from Department at the top of the tree to pieces and, occasionally items:

- Department (a government department, agency or body that creates the records)- Division (administrative section of a department, when appropriate)- Series (the main grouping of records with a common function or subject)- Sub-series (smaller groupings of records with a common function or subject)
- Sub sub-series (smaller groupings of records with a common function or subject)
- Piece (it is not a single piece of paper. A piece can be a box, volume or file)
- Item (it is a part of a piece. It can be a bundle, a single document, a sub-file, etc.

The British Council has deposited a large number of obsolete records with The National Archives, many of which pertain to this film collection, or else contain original Film Department paperwork. This includes correspondance between the department and other companies, internal notes, draft scripts, leaflets, and minutes of meetings.

TIME/IMAGE has only explored a fraction of the relevant content held at The National Archives, and has only copied selected text deemed to be of interest from individual pieces. The following digital records are neither the complete contents of the pieces, nor have they passed through any form of quality control since originally written. All page names are prefixed with 'TNA' for ease of identification.

Files held in The National Archives that have been read and documented by TIME/IMAGE: