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The wonder of the Parliamentary Archives: Why all MPs should visit the stores in Victoria Tower

The archives date back to 1497, but hold important lessons for policy-makers today 


By Nick Thomas-Symonds  

Photo: Nick Thomas-Symonds

Sometimes the finest things are on our doorsteps and we risk taking them for granted. That was my feeling when I visited the Parliamentary Archives with some fellow parliamentarians earlier this month. Located in Victoria Tower, the tallest tower on the parliamentary estate, the archives are held above the Sovereign’s entrance where the carriage brings the Queen to deliver her speech at the start of each law-making session.

As an historian who has written biographies of Clement Attlee and Aneurin Bevan, chairing the All-Party Parliamentary…

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