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 Parliamentary Archives will be operating revised opening hours from 6th January 2014. We will be open Mondays to Fridays from 10.00am to 4.00pm (apart from public holidays). 

Archives News 

  • REVISED ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS: Please note that from Monday 3rd February 2014 there will be changes to which entry point you use to access the Parliamentary Archives. Please see our Planning Your Visit pages for more information on this.
  • REVISED OPENING HOURS: Please note that when we re-open on 6th January 2014, our opening hours will be Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm. Please see our Planning Your Visit pages for more information.
  • 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.
  • Parliamentary Archives on YouTubeFacebook and Twitter
  • Parliamentary Archives on 'Who Do You Think You Are?'
  • 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.

Records Management
A brief introduction to records management in Parliament.

Related information

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Living Heritage

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

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