What's in the Parliamentary Archives?

The Parliamentary Archives holds several million historical records relating to Parliament, dating from 1497.

Records of the House of Lords and House of Commons

Official records of both Houses of Parliament, including Acts, Journals, Deposited Plans and Appeal Cases. Some of records have been published and may be available in a library near you.

Other Parliamentary Collections

Other collections relating to Parliament, including the papers of the Lord Great Chamberlain and the History of Parliament Trust.

Private Papers

Collections of private political papers and records of political bodies and pressure groups, including Lloyd George, Bonar Law, and Lord Beaverbrook.

Palace of Westminster records

An introduction to the records we hold about the building.

What We Don't Hold

Find out more about records that we don't hold, some of which can be found in other archive services

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New book: Victoria Tower Treasures

A new publication highlighting 150 treasures of the Parliamentary Archives

Victoria Tower Treasures book

Digitised Historical Parliamentary Material