The history of record keeping
The Lords Archive in the 16th and 17th centuries
How did the Lords Archive gradually take on a more modern form?
Storage at the Jewel Tower
How did the Jewel Tower play an important role in the preservation of Parliamentary records? Find out more about the Tower between the 17th and 19th centuries
Surviving the 1834 fire
A fire destroyed much of the medieval Palace of Westminster in 1834. How did the records of the House of Lords survive?
The Early 20th century
How Parliament started to improve its record keeping and create a modern archive service
Evacuation during the Second World War
What happened to the records of Parliament during the Second World War? Find out more about a dramatic scene which unfolded at the top of the Victoria Tower.