May 16, 2022

The UK Government’s Social Media Web Archive is Now Fully Searchable

From The National Archives/UK Government Web Archive:

Our social media archive is now the first of its kind in the UK to feature a search function, allowing users to easily navigate our growing collection of tweets, Flickr images and YouTube videos from a range of central government departments and arm’s-length bodies. Through newly-designed access pages, users can now carry out keyword searches and filter results by government department, time period and platform.

The project was a collaboration between The National Archives and MirrorWeb which also involved expanding the number of Twitter and YouTube channels and incorporating images from Flickr for the first time.


The social media archive was launched in 2014 and now has over 877,000 tweets, 119,600 Flickr images and 39,900 YouTube videos. It houses content dating back to 2006 and covers an array of 21st Century milestones including the 2016 EU Referendum and the 2012 London Olympics.

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement

Direct to UK Government Web Archive 

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