January 2014

Request:

What was the total cost to build and deploy the National Archives online bookshop at bookshop.nationalarchives.gov.uk?

What was the total cost to build and deploy the National Archives Image Library website and store at images.nationalarchives.gov.uk?

How much are the ongoing costs for each of these two websites, including licensing, maintenance and day-to-day operation?

How many products and downloads have been sold through each of these two sites, and how much income has TNA received from them, per annum since their formation?

Outcome:

Some information provided/some not held

Response:

We hold information relevant to three of  the four questions above, which are provided below.

Please note that the figures quoted in response to questions 1-3 are the amounts paid by The National Archives to third party suppliers. Although we incur internal staff 'costs' relating to the deployment and operation of the online bookshop and image library website, we are unable to provide a detailed breakdown of the precise costs associated with these specific activities. This is because these duties are not the unique responsibility of any member of staff, but are undertaken by a number of individuals within the wider context of their job roles.


What was the total cost to build and deploy the National Archives online bookshop at bookshop.nationalarchives.gov.uk?

The total cost to build and deploy the online bookshop launched on the 10th September 2013 was £9,954 plus VAT.

What was the total cost to build and deploy the National Archives Image Library website and store at images.nationalarchives.gov.uk?

The total cost to build and deploy the Image Library website launched on 1st July 2013 was £24,564 plus VAT.

How much are the ongoing costs for each of these two websites, including licensing, maintenance and day-to-day operation?

The annual cost to maintain and support the online bookshop is £2,874 plus VAT. The annual cost to maintain and support the Image Library website is £6,600 plus VAT.

How many products and downloads have been sold through each of these two sites, and how much income has TNA received from them, per annum since their formation?

As the two sites have yet to complete a full year of operation we do not hold this information. Audited annual accounts for the whole of The National Archives, including our income generation figures are published in the Annual Report. The most current version of this can be downloaded at:

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/our-performance.htm