The Parliamentary Archives holds millions of records from both Houses and other historical material relating to Parliament. The Archives' Search Room is open to all members of the public for research purposes from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm.
Times and availability
The Archives' Search Room is open to all members of the public for research purposes from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm.
Proof of identity is required, but no tickets are issued and there is no need to get a letter of introduction from your MP.
Space is limited in the Search Room so visitors should contact the staff in advance to book a seat and check the availability of the records they are coming to view. There is no charge to consult the records.
Portcullis - the online catalogue
Prospective visitors can search the Archives' online catalogue, Portcullis, in advance to check whether a record exists.
View Portcullis, the online catalogue
Archives staff may well be able to answer your question, identify the records and supply the copies you need even if you cannot make it to London. If you have a complex research enquiry which requires more work they can also advise on the next steps you should take.