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The State Opening of Parliament 

The UK general election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. The new Parliament met on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for the election of the Speaker and swearing-in of MPs and Lords. The State Opening of Parliament and The King’s Speech will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

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A series of short videos have been produced, which provide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the Parliamentary Archives. The videos can be viewed individually through the links below.

  • Access to the Parliamentary Archives
    The Parliamentary Archives currently receives approximately 5,500 enquiries and 1,000 visits per year. Find out more about how the Archives Team helps people find the information they are looking for among the four million records in its collection.

  • The Digitisation Process
    Take a look at the work undertaken by the small dedicated team responsible for digitising the Parliamentary Archives collection, a process that is increasing public access but will take decades to complete.

Did you know?

  • There are over 64,000 original acts of parliament on parchment.
  • It would take hundreds of years to digitise the entire Parliamentary Archives collection.
  • No major UK archive has digitised more than 10% of their collection.