UK Web Archive

The UK Web Archive is currently unavailable due to a system outage at the British Library.


What is the UK Web Archive?

The UK Web Archive (UKWA) is a collaboration between the UK legal deposit libraries. Working together, the legal deposit libraries aim to preserve and make accessible websites and some social media permanently for future generation.

The UKWA aims to collect all UK web pages at least once a year under the Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013. If a website is of national importance, it will be crawled and harvested regularly over a given year to capture rapidly changing content.

The legal deposit libraries also actively select websites for subject-based collections such as Brexit and Gender Equality. Collections are also created in rapid response to an event: for example, the Grenfell Tower Fire or VE/VJ Day 70th Anniversary 1945-2015 collections. This is a fascinating resource for researchers across all disciplines.

How to use the UK Web Archive

You can discover the available web archive collections via the UK Web Archive website.

19,000+ websites can be viewed from anywhere via the UK Web Archive website, thanks to permission from their owners. Websites labelled 'Viewable only on Library premises' can only be accessed on library computers in reading rooms of UK legal deposit libraries.