The Parliamentary Archives

  • Houses of Parliament |
  • Visit |
  • 6 October 2011, 16 November 2011, 13 December 2011

The Palace of Westminster's Victoria Tower is a magnificent feature of the London skyline. After the 1834 fire burnt down the old building, the competition rules for the new palace stipulated that it must include 'fireproof repositories for books and documents'.

The current Victoria Tower was architect Charles Barry's solution. Completed in May 1860, it was one of the first purpose-built archives in the country, designed to house the house of Parliament’s historic records dating from 1497.

This visit is an opportunity to see their original setting and a few examples of the three million historic records which cover both Houses of Parliament.

Thursday 6 October 11am

Wednesday 16 November 2.30pm

Tuesday 13 December 10.30am

 

Venue details

Houses of Parliament
Victoria Tower, Parliamentary Archives Houses of Parliament London SW1A 0PW