Digitization of the House of Lords papers 1800-1910

Available from November 2015, Proquest has partnered with the National Library of Scotland to provide this set of papers for the first time in digital format. The papers will be available via the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers database on a subscription basis.

‘As the working documents of government, the House of Lords Parliamentary Papers encompass wide areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy, providing evidence of committees and commissions during a time when the Lords in the United Kingdom wielded considerable power. Most importantly from a legislative perspective, this collection will include many bills which originated and were subsequently rejected by the Lords – rich indicators of the direction and interests of the Lords that have been largely lost to researchers.’

Hannah Chandler, Official Papers Librarian, Bodleian Libraries

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Key issues for the 2015 Parliament

Written for Members of Parliament by House of Commons Library researchers but useful to everyone interested in current topics of the day.  ‘Key issues for the 2015 Parliament‘ gives a description of the major issues facing Parliament with details of further reading.

Hannah Chandler, Official Papers Librarian, Bodleian Libraries

Launch of the new Companies House public beta service

This new service launched on the 25th June 2016 gives free access to over 170 million company records on companies and directors including financial accounts, company filings and details on directors and secretaries throughout the life of the company.

Hannah Chandler, Official Papers Librarian, Bodleian Libraries

New from the Parliamentary Archives

A prototype service which allows you to search for records from the Parliament Archives online catalogue by place. There is currently one set of records held by the Parliamentary Archives available to search via the map interface – the Protestation Returns, which are the closest record we have to a census from 1642.

Modern Political Papers at the Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library holds one of the largest concentrations of modern British political manuscripts and archives, providing a breadth of coverage which makes it a resource of national and international significance. The collections have been drawn from the private papers of politicians from all three major political parties, as well as from public servants (mainly diplomats), print and broadcast journalists, and others active in public life. In scale the collections range in size from over 2000 boxes to a single diary.

Prime Ministers and the Cabinet

This unrivalled resource includes the papers of six of Britain’s twentieth-century Prime Ministers: H.H. Asquith (1852-1928), Clement Attlee (1883-1967), Harold Macmillan (1894-1986), Harold Wilson (1916-95), Edward Heath (1916-2005) and James Callaghan (1912-2005), and one from the nineteenth century, Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81) (see also our online Disraeli exhibition). The Library also holds the manuscripts and archives of over forty British Cabinet Ministers, from the Liberal minister John Morley (1838-1923) to the papers of the Labour cabinet minister and campaigner, Barbara Castle (1910-2002).