Please note all visitors to the Parliamentary Archives searchroom are required to book in advance and carry photographic identification.
UPDATED 24 March 2017
REVISED: Searchroom closure 20th to 28th March 2017
The public searchroom will be closed from Monday 20th March to Tuesday 28th March inclusive. We re-open to the public on Wednesday 29th March. This closure is due to planned maintenance works within the Victoria Tower. We will continue to operate an enquiry service and apologise for any inconvenience this closure may cause.
NEW: 3 days notice required for some document requests
Owing to ongoing preservation programming, some documents may be subject to a 3 day delay before they can be made available for searchroom visits, copy order quotes, or filming. Please see this document for a full list, but the most popular records that this affects are:
House of Commons Opposed Private Bill Committee Evidence
House of Lords Opposed Private Bill Committee Evidence
House of Lords Library Deposited Papers
Parliament Office papers
Record Office paper
There are no exceptions to this rule so please take this into account when planning your searchroom visit or requesting a copy order quote. We don’t want you to be disappointed that you can’t see a document when you visit so, pre-ordering more than 3 days in advance is strongly advised.
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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 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 @UKPAoutreach for our outreach programming and activities.
Visitors to the Archives should go to the Cromwell Green Visitor Entrance if you arrive BEFORE 10.45am. Arrivals AFTER 10.45am can use Black Rod's Garden Entrance. Please see the Planning Your Visit pages for more information.
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 [email protected]. 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