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Publishing Images, Quotations and Citations

Using Images e.g. in publications, websites

Copies supplied by the Parliamentary Archives may only be used for non-commercial research or private study.

If you want to use an image for another purpose you must request permission by completing one of the following forms and sending it to Guides to licence charges are included in the forms:


In principle, short or insubstantial quotations can be made from any source without formal permission as long as an appropriate acknowledgement or citation is made. However, what is deemed “insubstantial” is not legally defined and if you are in any doubt you should contact the copyright holder or seek legal advice.

Citations of Original Records

Users must acknowledge quotations and image reproductions by citing or referencing the source.

To cite our archives you should use the catalogue reference number. This can be found on our online catalogue and on the document itself.  Folio, membrane or page numbers should be added as required.  There is no longer any need to provide a text description of the series or date.  For example:

Parliamentary Archives, HL/PO/PB/1/1605/3J1n23

Parliamentary Archives, HC/SA/SJ/6/173

Parliamentary Archives, LG/F/3/2/6

Citations of Parliamentary Publications

Users must acknowledge quotations and image reproductions by citing or referencing the source.

Printed acts (i.e. not the original act), printed Journals, the Official Report (Hansard), and sessional/command papers should be cited as for any other publication, as these are not unique to the Archives and can be found in official paper collections in libraries.  For example:

Protection of Badgers Act, 1992 c. 51

Journal of the House of Commons, xxxi (1731), pp. 275-279

House of Lords Official Report, 5th series, ccclviii, cols. 724-725

1st Annual Report of the Poor Law Commissioners, HC 500 (1835), xxv, p. 107

Notes exchanged between the United Kingdom and Portugal confirming the protocol, signed at Cape Town on 5 March, 1915, defining a section of the frontier line between the Portuguese colony of Angola and Rhodesia, Cmd. 2568 (1924-1925), xxx, p. 717


Copyright is an extremely complex area and the following is general guidance only. It is the individual’s responsibility to determine and request relevant permissions from the copyright holder.

Parliamentary Archives copies : copies supplied by the Parliamentary Archives may only be used for non-commercial research or private study.  To use images supplied by the archives for any other purpose, you must request permission from the Parliamentary Archives as described above.

Please note: if the copy is of an archive in which we do not hold the copyright, you may need to also seek permission from the copyright owner of the original source material.

Parliamentary original material : UK Parliament holds the copyright in unpublished material it has created. Permission for extended/substantial quotations from or use of images of this material is required. Email in relation to extended quotation permissions; or see above for information on use of images.

Parliamentary Publications : publications created by UK Parliament are generally covered by the Open Parliament Licence. See the Parliament website for further information.

Private Collections and Archives created by third parties : although the Parliamentary Archives holds many private collections and records created by individuals, we do not necessarily own the copyright in the original source material. This is usually held by the creator, or their heirs. Copyright is a very complex area and it is the responsibility of the user of the material to identify and obtain permission from the copyright holder. The Parliamentary Archives cannot provide guidance on this and it is recommended that expert legal advice is sought if you are in any doubt.

Where you use a copy or the item in a way that infringes copyright, you agree to indemnify the Parliamentary Archives in respect of any damages or costs incurred by it in respect of that infringement.