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NOTICE : Limited Access to Documents From 22 April to 03 May 2019

During the closure of the main office of the Department of National Archives at No. 7, Philip Gunawardena Mawatha, Colombo 07 from 06.04.2019 to 15.04.2019 our valuable document collections were fumigated. We will now shift documents from the old building to the new building in order to facilitate the installation of advanced systems in the repositories that will ensure the long-term protection of the documents. Therefore, we will not be able to issue documents in the repositories to researchers from 22.04.2019 to 03.05.2019 (inclusive).


What can you do?

Research Room: During this period, you will be able to access inventories and documents that are already in the Research Room, microfilms, maps and audio-visual records. Our library books will not be issued during this period. Documents from the repositories will be issued to the public as usual from 06.05.2019 onwards.

Public Relations Office: Processing of applications for extracts and certified copies at the Public Relations Office may be delayed for up to three weeks. Applicants for extracts and certified copies are advised to provide all necessary documentation accurately and in time for the Public Relations Office to be able to process your applications as fast as possible.

Contact: If you have any questions or concerns about this period of limited access, you may contact the following officers on our general telephone lines +94 (0)11 2696917 and +94 (0)11 2694523.


  • Assistant Director (AtD) Ms Chamila Priyangani
  • Assistant Archivist Ms Dilini Liyanage (Public Relations Office)
  • Assistant Archivist Ms Sumana Amarasinghe (Research Room)
  • Assistant Archivist Ms Shirani Patabendi


Our branch office at No. 4/6, Hemamali Mawatha, Kandy (Tel: +94 (0)81 2223729) will be open to the public as usual. We apologise for the inconvenience but hope that you will understand that these measures are necessary for protecting our valuable records.


Director General National Archives

No. 7, Philip Gunawardena Mawatha, Colombo 07.

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 04:17
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