The Gazette is the UK’s official public record, and is comprised of three publications: The London Gazette (published every weekday), The Belfast Gazette (published on Fridays) and The Edinburgh Gazette (published on Tuesdays and Fridays). However, notices may be submitted, and publish online, on any day of the week.
The Gazette is a government publication, managed by The Stationery Office, under the superintendence of The National Archives. As the official public record, information published is verified and certified as fact. Issues are available by subscription or online, and are fully searchable via the website.
The first Gazette issue was in 1665 as The Oxford Gazette, and though the nature of its contents has evolved over time, its standing as the official public record has remained.
What information does The Gazette contain?
The Gazette publishes information in the form of notices.
Many of the notices that are placed in The Gazette are required by law (statutory), but some are published because it is deemed to be in the public’s interest that the information is in the public domain. The Gazette is often cited in legislation and considered by the courts and other legal organisations to be the most effective portal to achieve this.
See the full list of notices that appear in The Gazette by notice code.
The seven categories include
- state notices, such as bills receiving royal assent
- other public sector notices, such as marriage acts
- public notices, such as road traffic acts
- other notices, such as dissolution of partnerships
- insolvency notices, such as bankruptcy orders and winding-up orders
- personal legal, such as deceased estates notices
- company notices and profiles,such as the incorporation of a company (coming in 2016)
The Gazette is divided into areas of interest: Wills and probate, Insolvency, Awards and accreditation, Companies (coming soon) and All notices. Within these, you’ll find notices that relate to that specific area, as well as guides, industry news and other useful resources.
The Gazette is also the official home to the Queen’s Birthday and New Year honours, which are published on the Queen’s official birthday in June and in the New Year. Honours supplements since 1945 can be found here, with searchable individual notice pages for recent awardees.
See how to place a notice.
Historical events and individual citations
The Gazette has been recording national and international events since November 1665, in its first incarnation as The Oxford Gazette.
From England’s Glorious Revolution to despatches that detail events of the Crimean War, and honours and awards for gallantry or meritorious service – as well as officer commissions, appointments and promotions, and casualties – it’s a key resource for the researcher. Genealogists can sketch out a soldier’s career, and insolvency notices can help track an individual or company’s financial history.
As The Gazette has evolved, so has the nature of what is included in its pages, though royal milestones remain a constant.
The Gazette is the official bearer of War Office and Ministry of Defence events, and a weekly supplement is published on behalf of the forces every Tuesday.
The Company Law Supplement is published weekly in all three editions of The Gazette. It details information notified to, or by, the Registrar of Companies.
A Gazette Extraordinary is a special edition deemed to require additional gravitas to reflect the importance of the event, such as declaration of war or the accession of a monarch to the throne.
Datasets and datafeeds
The Gazette is at the heart of official data, and contains valuable information and records that you can search for and download free of charge.
The Gazette is a rich source of open data, including longitudinal datasets and linked data. It’s free for the developer community to use and repurpose and (unless stated otherwise) is free for you to use under the Open Government Licence.
The official information recorded in The Gazette, whether related to insolvency, transport or deceased estates, is designed to support risk and opportunity management in business and government.
The Gazette can provide historical data in a multiple of formats as a datafeed.