Parliamentary Archives

The Parliamentary Archives provides access to the archives of the House of Lords, the House of Commons and to other records relating to Parliament. We also provide a records management service for both Houses of Parliament.

The Archives is usually open to the public all year round, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.00pm (apart from public holidays). 

Archives News
New: Stocktaking closure 21 November - 2 December 2011
Parliamentary Archives on Facebook and Twitter
UNESCO recognition for Parliamentary Archives documents
Photographic identification for searchroom visitors
Victoria Tower Treasures book

What's in the Parliamentary Archives?About our collections and the 3 million records they contain for political, local or family history.

Parliamentary Archives Catalogue 
Search our collections.

Private Bill Witness database
Looking for information about the building of a road, railway or canal? Or an ancestor who gave evidence before a committee about a road, railway or canal?

Digitised Historical Parliamentary Material
Links to published Parliamentary material available online, including on external websites.

Visiting and Available Services
All about our opening hours, location, admission procedures, booking a seat, facilities, publications and copying services.

User Guides
Information on using the Archives' records for family history research, finding photographic sources and more.

Learning Resources
Key topics include the Gunpowder Plot, the Abolition of the Slave Trade, the Act of Union with Scotland and Citizenship.

Parliament's Web Archive
Use the Web Archive to access previous versions of Parliament's website and related sites.

Digital Preservation
What Parliament is doing to preserve its digital information for the long-term.

Freedom of Information and Data Protection
An introduction to Freedom of Information and Data Protection in each House, publication schemes and how to make a request.

Records Management
A brief introduction to records management in Parliament.

Related information

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New book: Victoria Tower Treasures

A new publication highlighting 150 treasures of the Parliamentary Archives

Victoria Tower Treasures book

Victoria Tower virtual tour

The Victoria Tower was completed in May 1860 and designed to house Parliament’s historic records. Explore the Tower now...

Living Heritage

Explore the history, building and collections of Parliament and the impact of Parliament on everyday lives over the centuries

Family History Research

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