Parliamentary Archives news

Please note all visitors to the Parliamentary Archives searchroom are required to book in advance and carry photographic identification.

UPDATED 7 December 2015

  • The Parliamentary Archives will be closed over Christmas and New Year 23 December 2015 - 4 January 2016 inclusive. No searchroom visits will be possible during this time. Enquiries received by email will be answered after we re-open on 5 January 2016.

New in Living Heritage

New on the Archives blog

Annual Review 2013-2014: The Parlimentary Archives' latest Annual Review is now online.

Parliamentary Archives Accommodation Programme

The Archives Accommodation Programme has been set up to consider if we should relocate the Parliamentary Archives from its current home in Victoria Tower in the Palace of Westminster, to an alternative site.  Questions and Answers have been developed to provide information about the archives and about the programme.

Parliamentary Archives on Twitter

We now have three Twitter accounts you may be interested in:

  • Follow @UKParlArchives for all the latest news and informnation about the Parliamentary Archives and fascinating facts and snippets about Parliamentary history
  • Follow @ParliamentWW1 for Parliament and the First World War information, including events in the House of Lords and House of Commons 100 years ago, Parliamentary war stories, and commemoration of the deaths of MPs, peers, their sons, and Parliamentary staff
  • Follow @Parliament750 for Parliament's celebration of the 750th anniversary of the de Montfort Parliament of 1265 in 2015.

Access Arrangements

Visitors to the Archives should go to the Cromwell Green Visitor Entrance if you arrive BEFORE 11am. Arrivals AFTER 11am can use Black Rod's Garden Entrance. Please see the Planning Your Visit pages for more information.

Opening Hours

We are open Mondays to Fridays from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Visits are by appointment only so please contact us to arrange an appointment on 020 7219 3074 or See our Planning Your Visit pages for more information.

YouTube, Facebook and Twitter

The Parliamentary Archives has a YouTube playlist on Parliament's YouTube channel, and is on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us on Twitter for up-to-the minute updates about what the Parliamentary Archives is doing.

Victoria Tower Treasures from the Parliamentary Archives

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Victoria Tower, the Archives has highlighted 150 treasures from amongst the three million historic records of both Houses of Parliament in a new publication.

Available online from the Houses of Parliament Shop or in person from the Houses of Parliament Shop (tel: 020 7219 3890) or the Parliamentary Archives searchroom. Price now £9.95.

Read a blog review of Victoria Tower Treasures

Victoria Tower Treasures book

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