• 1902

    Government Archivist
    A formal post of Archivist and Librarian was created within the Colonial Secretary’s Office on January1, 1902, and was held for the firs...Read More

  • 1941

    State Archives
    The state archives was granted the status of a quasi-department with the following operations under it:
    1) Government Records Office
    2) Registra...Read More

  • 1942

    Transfer to Nuwara Eliya
    The archives were located on the ground floor of the Secretariat Building in Colombo. With the entry of Japan into World War II, the Registrar ...Read More

  • 1947

    Department of Government Archivist
    With independence imminent, the Department of Government Archivist was created along with other departments to facilitate the handover of ...Read More

  • 1962

    Transfer to Gangodawila
    In 1962 the department was shifted on a temporary basis to the Sri Sumangala building of the Sri Jayewardenepura University in Gangodawila, Nugegoda....Read More

  • 1966

    The post of the head of the department was changed from ‘Government Archivist’ to Director by the Cabinet of Ministers at the Cabinet meeting held on Oc...Read More

  • 1973

    The National Archives Law No. 48 of 1973 was enacted, and the Department was renamed the Department of National Archives.

  • 1980

    Establishment of the Kandy branch office
    Initially, the Kandy branch office was located in a building belonging to the Land Registrar's office, near the Natha Dewale, in...Read More

  • 1981

    Amendment to Legislation
    The principal enactment was amended by the National Archives (Amendment) Act No. 30 of 1981.

  • 1986

    Reid Avenue Building
    The newly built archival facility, with 111,000 square feet at No. 7, Philip Gunawardena Mawatha (Reid Avenue), Colombo 07, was declared open by Pr...Read More

  • 2012

    Extension building
    A state-of-the-art extension building to the main office in Colombo was declared open, with 24-hour climate control and CCTV. The repositories for audio-v...Read More

  • 2016

    Director General National Archives
    The Department of National Archives was comprehensively restructured, increasing the cadre to 291 positions. The post of the hea...Read More

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