The Parliamentary Archives have launched this new site developed in conjunction with Mirror Web at http://webarchive.parliament.uk/ to provide access to historic information from the UK Parliament published on the web. It includes downloads of web sites and social media gathered from 2009 to the present. You can browse archived tweets from the accounts of Parliamentary bodies, watch YouTube videos released by Parliament, see a visual history on Flickr and look back through Instagram posts. In the Instagram archive you can meet Denison the Harris hawk, listen to a gay couple explaining the difference the Sexual Offences Act made to their lives, and find out how to order afternoon tea on the terrace.
The main collection of archived websites includes Lords and MPs’ biographies, deposited papers, research briefings, Early Day Motions, Bills before Parliament and much more. You can filter the list by department and there is a timeline for each site showing when it was archived.
The site comes with a keyword search capability and you can filter results by year and file type. A search on “football” returns 185,465 hits which can be reduced to 725 if you filter by file type pdf and year 2016.
The Parliamentary Archives are looking for user feedback and you will be invited to complete a simple two-question survey.
Jennie Grimshaw, Service and Content Lead for Government and Official Information, British Library