Information about the Parliamentary Archives for the Media

The Parliamentary Archives welcomes the opportunity to promote its records in the press and on film, television and radio. If you work in the press or media and need further information about facilities and fees, this information is for you.

You should complete and return our Application for Media Filming in the Archives. Please read it carefully first. It includes details of our terms and conditions, fees, and the application form for filming or recording in the archive. Return the completed form to us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note filming fees have been updated as of June 2014.

Yes, contact us at to make an appointment to recce locations and/or book a searchroom seat to view documents. Please do also email us if you want to enquire informally about possible filming dates before completing the application form.

Here are pictures showing:

  • The Original Act Room, the room with the rolls
  • The Search Room, with the bookshelves
  • And our modern Lecture Room in the Victoria Tower.

Parliamentary Archives Original Act Room

Parliamentary Archives search room   Parliamentary Archives lecture room

Unfortunately, no. We no longer allow filming of the Death Warrant, the Bill of Rights, or a number of our other most important iconic constitutional documents for preservation reasons.

Instead, we offer full HD stock footage of a selection of these documents, which you can licence from us, and we supply to you as .mov files. Here is a list of stock footage available, with links to YouTube video clips to give you an idea what it looks like. If you want to licence any of the sets of clips, please complete and return our Licence agreement for broadcasting (PDF PDF 130 KB) to us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

You should complete and return our Licence agreement for broadcasting (PDF PDF 130 KB). Please read it carefully first. It includes details of our terms and conditions, fees, and the application form for licensing of images for broadcast. Return the completed form to us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  You may also want to see our Image Copying Costs.

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No, the Parliamentary Archives can only assist with media requests relating to the Archives. To enquire about filming elsewhere in the House of Lords, please contact Black Rod's Office. For the House of Commons, initially contact the Commons Information Office who should be able to advise further.

If you have an query which is not covered by the above information, or an urgent request to record a news story, please contact us on or +44 (0)207 219 3074.

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Last updated June 2014

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