We follow a range of guiding principles when carrying out our activities which are described in the following policies and related documents.
Who are we
The NMLA is part of the Met Office Public Weather Service (PWS). We are managed by the Library and Archive Manager who reports directly to the Head of PWS.
The NMLA is required by the Public Weather Service Customer Group to enable the general public to research the UK's weather and climatology and to access information that helps the public to understand the science and history of meteorology. There is also a legal requirement handed down to the Public Weather Service from the Ministry of Justice (under the Lord Chancellor) to archive meteorological data on behalf of the UK Public in accordance with the Public Records Act 1958.
What do we do
As a combined service which is open to the public our role can be summarised as "Preserving the Past, Informing the Future"
''The National Meteorological Library and Archive seeks to preserve, in perpetuity, records relating to the national memory of the weather in both paper and also digital formats. It exists to collect, catalogue and preserve in accordance with national and international standards, and make publicly available documents, both physical and electronic, relating to the collection of meteorological data concerning the surface, marine and upper air environments of the British Isles and the wider world as created by the Meteorological Office and its antecedents. Our collections (both published and archival) enable the research community and the general public to learn about the UK's weather and climatology and to access information that helps them to understand the science and history of meteorology.''