Visit the Parliamentary Archives

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

Can't visit?

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.

Related information

Contact details

(Please check the FAQ and the online catalogue, Portcullis, first)

Email: archives@parliament.uk
Phone: 020 7219 3074
Fax: 020 7219 2570
Address: Parliamentary Archives, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A OPW

Fire!

A fire in 1834 destroyed most of the records of the House of Commons, so the bulk of records held on the Commons date from after 1834. Records of the House of Lords were undamaged and date back to 1497.

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