The National Archives and the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) have merged.
The two organisations will operate under the National Archives brand, although the OPSI unit will continue to focus on standards and other areas, while at the same time help the merged organisation adopt digital technology.
Natalie Ceeney, chief executive of the National Archives, said, “The National Archives is well known and highly regarded for the work we do in safeguarding and illustrating British history. However, doing this requires us to be a lot more than just a historical government archive.”
OPSI and HM Stationery Office, which were previously attached to the Cabinet Office, will continue their work in setting standards, encouraging re-use of public sector information and managing Crown Copyright, operating from within the National Archives.
The National Archives will continue to operate as a government department and as an executive agency of the Department for Constitutional Affairs.