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Name of Archive:

Parliamentary Archives – UK Parliament

Link to Archive or Database:

Online Resources


The Parliamentary Archives is the official archive of the House of Commons and House of Lords (UK Parliament).

The Archives can trace its origins back to March 1497 when Master Richard Hatton, Clerk of the House of Lords, took the unusual decision to retain sixteen enacted Bills (or Original Acts) after he’d used them to compile the Parliament Roll for the Chancery. This decision set in motion a quiet revolution in record keeping in the House of Lords, allowing successive Clerks to gradually expand and formalise this process.

Today the Parliamentary Archives continues to look after the records of the Houses of Parliament, providing free public access to the archives. Our team of records managers, archivists and conservators work closely with employees of both Houses to ensure that we capture the digital and paper documents which form the official record of the UK Parliament.

– taken from the Parliamentary Archives website

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Content Type(s):

Legislation; Government and official records; Court and legal documents