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).
- CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR CLOSURE: Please note that we will be closed from Monday 23rd December 2013 to Friday 3rd January 2014 inclusive.
- New application forms, with revised fees, are available for permission to record in the Archives and to use images of our archives. Please see our media and copyright pages for more information.
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- 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.
Information on using the Archives' records for family history research, finding photographic sources and more.
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.
What Parliament is doing to preserve its digital information for the long-term.
A brief introduction to records management in Parliament.