Parliamentary Archives

Parliamentary Archives
Houses of Parliament
Greater London


Parliamentary Archives website

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0207 219 3074


020 7219 2570

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We provide access to the archives of the House of Lords, the House of Commons and to other records relating to Parliament, and are usually open to the public all year round, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.00pm (apart from public holidays). We also provide a records management service for both Houses of Parliament.

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Opening hours

The Search Room is open to members of the public from Monday to Friday (certain Public Holidays excepted) from 9.30 am to 5pm. The Search Room can remain open until 8pm on Tuesdays when the House of Lords is sitting for users who have made an appointment to stay late at least a week in advance.

The office is closed for annual stocktaking in the last two weeks of November.

Documents can normally be produced on request, except between 1pm and 2.15 pm and after 4 pm.

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Additional info

Toilets (including one suitable for wheelchair users) and first aid points are in the vicinity of the Search Room. There is a small kitchen area with tea and coffee for sale and a fridge and drinking water available, where users may eat their own food. Refreshment facilities in the Palace of Westminster are not open to the public but there are various sandwich bars, pubs and restaurants nearby.

Collection details

Archives, Law and Order, Social History

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot