Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research (External organisation)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel


In November 2019 Leon Litvack was appointed by Sir Terence Etherton, Master of the Rolls (second in judicial importance to the Lord Chief Justice) as a Member of the Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research. The Forum is a subcommittee of the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives (of which Dr Litvack is also a Member).

The Forum provides advice to the Lord Chancellor on matters relating to manuscripts, records and archives, other than the public records, and in particular:
•The location, collection, care, custody, preservation, acquisition, sale and use in all formats of such documents
•The compilation and dissemination of information about them
•Any questions affecting such documents as may be referred for its consideration, including issues relating to the statutory duties of the Master of the Rolls in respect of manorial and tithe documents, and the making of recommendations to appropriate Ministers on the allocation of archives and manuscripts accepted for the nation in lieu of tax
•Other issues which would formerly have come within the terms of reference of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts as set out in the Royal Warrant.

The Forum acts as a vehicle for the development of constructive and collaborative engagement between The National Archives and its academic stakeholders, sharing knowledge and developing trust and understanding. The Forum also provides an open, independent and authoritative advisory voice to the organisation, to support research and academic liaison at The National Archives.
Period18 Nov 201931 Dec 2025
Held atForum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • manuscripts
  • Archives