Published date: 4 March 2022

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 4 April 2022, 11:59pm

Contract summary


  • IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support - 72000000

  • Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security - 79000000

  • Education and training services - 80000000

    • Recreational, cultural and sporting services - 92000000

Location of contract


Value of contract

£0 to £1,000,000

Procurement reference


Published date

4 March 2022

Closing date

4 April 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

1 September 2022

Contract end date

31 August 2032

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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The National Archives (TNA) is seeking expressions of interest from potential partners to digitise and to publish online the records of the Foreign Office: Consulates and Legation, China: General Correspondence, Series I, contained in series FO 228. The contract award would include a commercial license to publish online digital images and associated metadata, and a requirement to undertake all the necessary activities to make that possible - including conservation, digital image capture, use of metadata to allow for meaningful searches of the records, and online publication. TNA expects that the appointed Supplier will deliver the contract at NIL cost to TNA, and will also deliver a royalty return to TNA during the contract period, in consideration for the licence to publish the Collection.

This series contains general correspondence of the British legation and consulates in China. In addition to correspondence between the legation, consulates and the Foreign Office, there is correspondence with Chinese authorities, colonial governments, ports, fleets, India, Supreme Court and Foreign Ministries etc. The series also includes correspondence relating to Korea up to 1896.

If this opportunity is of interest to you, please email us at by 23:59 (UK time) 4 April 2022.

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