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Welcome to our new website and online catalogue!

The new online catalogue search allows quicker filtering and refining of search results as well as an integrated image viewer for improved access to our digitised records.

We’ve also been busy revamping our web content with clearer text and simplified page navigation. Will adding more online content over the coming months, including making more digitised records available for free online.

The new website and catalogue search are the first part of an ambitious project to transform the way we interact with our users. The next phase of the project will see the launch of more online services for researchers, including online seat booking and document ordering.

Changes to document retrievals for searchroom visitors

From February 2018 we introduced scheduled retrieval times at:

  • 10am (documents ordered in advance)
  • 11:30am
  • 2:00pm

Visitors can order up to 12 documents in advance and these will be available from 10am. Six more files can be ordered at 11.30am and another six files can be ordered at 2pm.

Visitors can submit a bulk order for up to 24 items in advance, but these will be produced as described above ie 12 files at 10am, and then 6 files at 11.30am and 6 files at 2pm. To pre-order the documents, email archives@parliament.uk listing the reference numbers that you would like to see and the date you have an appointment booked/would like to book.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

We have lots of ways for you to hear about the archives, our work, our documents and Parliamentary history:

  • Follow us on Twitter @UKParlArchives and Facebook, UK Parliamentary Archives where you’ll find all the latest news and information about our Archives with fascinating facts and snippets of Parliamentary history.
  • Follow @ParliamentWW1 for Parliament and the First World War information, including events in the House of Lords and House of Commons 100 years ago, Parliamentary war stories, and commemoration of the deaths of MPs, peers, their sons, and Parliamentary staff
  • See our Parliamentary Archives playlist on YouTube for videos about the archives, our work and some of our documents.