House of Lords Record Office Memoranda

Numbered publications from the Parliamentary Archives, some of which can be downloaded for free in PDF format (requires Acrobat reader).  Catalogues have now been superseded by our online catalogue Portcullis

Downloadable Publications

La Reyne Le Veult (PDF PDF 25 KB) - The making and keeping of Acts at Westminster, by M.F. Bond, reprinted from History Today (1956), HLRO additional memorandum (1958)

The History of Parliament and the Evolution of Parliamentary Procedure (PDF PDF 238 KB)  - Two lectures given by Maurice Bond, OBE, FSA, Clerk of the Records, before Members of the House of Commons, June 1966

Orderable Publications

The following memoranda are available from the Parliamentary Archives at a cost of £3 each.  Gaps in the publication series indicate memoranda which are now obsolete.

  • No. 14 - Report for 1955 (1956)
  • No. 26 - Hand List of Paintings, Drawings and Engravings, etc.,of the House of Lords and House of Commons, 1523-1900 (Revised edition, 1972)
  • No. 29 - Catalogue of the Records of Parliament displayed at the Opening of the Victoria Tower Repository by the Right Honourable the Viscount Hailsham, 3 July 1963 (1963)
  • No. 30 - Report for 1963 (1964)
  • No. 31 - Leaders and Whips in the House of Lords, 1783-1964 (1964)
  • No. 32 - Report for 1964 (1965)
  • No. 33 - Further Materials from an Unpublished Manuscript of the Lords Journal for Sessions 1559 and 1597 to 1598 (1965)
  • No. 34 - Report for 1965 (1966)
  • No. 35 - The Political Papers of Herbert, 1st Viscount Samuel (Revised edition, 1974). Now superseded by Portcullis (Refno SAM).
  • No. 36 - Report for 1966 (1967)
  • No. 37 - The Financial Administration and Records of the Parliament Office, 1824 to 1868 (1967)
  • No. 38 - Report for 1967 (1968)
  • No. 39 - A list of Representative Peers for Scotland, 1707 to1963, and for Ireland 1800 to 1961 (1968)
  • No. 40 - Report for 1968 (1969)
  • No. 41 - Literary and Scientific Papers of Herbert, 1st Viscount Samuel (1969). Now superseded by Portcullis (Refno SAM).
  • No. 42 - Report for 1969 (1970)
  • No. 43 - Letters and Diaries of Speaker Brand, 1855-1892 (1970). Now superseded by Portcullis (Refno BRA).
  • No. 44 - Report for 1970 (1971)
  • No. 45 - Officers of the House of Lords, 1485-1971 (1971)
  • No. 47 - Letters of the Second Earl of Tweeddale, 1672 to 1692 (1972). Now superseded by Portcullis (Refno WIL).
  • No. 48 - Report for 1972 (1973)
  • No. 49 - Handlist of the Papers of Reginald, Lord Sorensen (the Rev. R. W. Sorensen, MP) (1973). Now superseded by Portcullis (Refno SOR).
  • No. 50 - Sources for Economic History amongst the Parliamentary Records in the House of Lords Record Office (1973)
  • No. 51 - Report for 1973 (1974)
  • No. 52 (1974)
  • No. 53 - Report for 1974 (1975)
  • No. 54 - A Guide to the Political Papers, 1874-1970, deposited by the First Beaverbrook Foundation (1975). Now superseded by Portcullis .
  • No. 55 - Report for 1975 (1976)
  • No. 56 - Handlist of the Papers of William Wedgwood Benn, MP, First Viscount Stansgate (1976). Now superseded by Portcullis (Refno ST).
  • No. 57 - Report for 1976 (1977)
  • No. 58 - The Political Papers of Richard, 19th Lord Willoughby de Broke (1977). Now superseded by Portcullis (Refno WB).
  • No. 59 - Report for 1977 (1978)
  • No. 60 - A Guide to the Historical Collections of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries preserved in the House of Lords Record Office (1978). Now superseded by Portcullis
  • No. 61 - Report for 1978 (1979)
  • No. 62 - An Exhibition of the Records of Parliament in the Royal Gallery, House of Lords (1979)
  • No. 63 - Report for 1979 (1980)
  • No. 64 - Parliamentary Functions of the Sovereign since 1509 (1980)
  • No. 65 - Report for 1980 (1981)
  • No. 67 - Report for 1981 (1982)
  • No. 68 - Report for 1982 (1983)
  • No. 69 - Rebuilding the Houses of Parliament: Drawings from the Kennedy Albums and the Thomas Greene Papers (1984)
  • No. 70 - Report for 1983 (1984)
  • No. 71 - Report for 1984 (1985
  • No. 72 - Report for 1985 (1986)
  • No. 73 - Report for 1986 (1987)
  • No. 74 - Report for 1987 (1988)
  • No. 75 - The Papers of "Britain in Europe": the campaign for a positive vote in the 1975 referendum about Britain's continued membership of the European Community (1988). Now superseded by Portcullis (Refno BIE).
  • No. 76 - Report for 1988 (1989)
  • No. 77 - Report for 1989 (1990)
  • No. 78 - Descriptive List of the Papers of John Colin Campbell Davidson, MP, First Viscount Davidson (1990). Now superseded by Portcullis (Refno DAV).
  • No. 79 - Report for 1990 (1991)
  • No. 80 - Report for 1991 (1992)
  • No. 81 - Report for 1992 (1993)

Witnesses before Parliament: A Guide to the Database of Witnesses in Committees on Opposed Private Bills 1771-1917 (1997)

A Handlist of Articles in periodicals and other serial publications relating to the History of Parliament (1973)

The Parliament Office in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (1977)

The Parliament Office in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Biographical Notes on Clerks in the House of Lords 1800 to 1939 (1990)

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