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Proceedings and Journals

The text of many proceedings and journals are available online for free or via paid subscription services.

The Parliament Rolls of Medieval England are the general proceedings of Parliament in medieval times. They are the official records of the meetings of the English parliament from 1275 to 1504. The Journals are the formal record of the House of Commons and House of Lords’ business for a given day. Starting in the sixteenth century, the Journals are the corrected, archive editions of the proceedings of the two Houses.

Parliament Rolls

  • Parliament Rolls, 1275-1504
    Scholarly Digital Editions
    (Subscription service, available in universities and large reference libraries, digital images of the original proceedings)

House of Commons

  • Journals of the House of Commons, 1547-1699 and 1830
    British History Online
    (Free service, text of proceedings)
  • House of Commons Journal, 1688-1834
    UK Parliamentary Papers
    (Subscription service, available in universities and large reference libraries, digital images of original procedings)
  • House of Commons Journals, 1835-2010
    Parliament.uk
    (Free service, text of proceedings)
  • House of Commons Votes and Proceedings, 2008-present
    Parliament.uk
    (Free service, text of proceedings)

House of Lords

  • Journals of the House of Lords, 1509-1793 and 1830-2
    British History Online
    (Free service, text of proceedings)
  • House of Lords Journal, 1688-1834
    UK Parliamentary Papers
    (Subscription service, available in universities and large reference libraries, digital images of original proceedings)
  • House of Lords Journals, 1997-present
    Parliament.uk
    (Free service, text of proceedings)
  • House of Lords Minutes, 1998-2010
    Parliament.uk
    (Free service, text of proceedings)

Accessing proceedings and journals offline

The original medieval Parliament Rolls are held at The National Archives.

The Parliamentary Archives holds both the printed copies and the original manuscript journals for:

  • House of Lords, 1510 onwards
  • House of Commons, 1547 onwards

You might also find hard copy sets of journals in large reference or university libraries.