History of Parliament: Privacy Policy and Online Cookies

Privacy Policy



The History of Parliament is a major academic project to create a scholarly reference work describing the members, constituencies and activities of the Parliament of England and the United Kingdom. The volumes either published or in preparation cover the House of Commons from 1386 to 1868 and the House of Lords from 1603 to 1832. They are widely regarded as an unparalleled source for British political, social and local history.


The published material and the work in progress consist of detailed studies of elections and electoral politics and closely researched accounts of the lives of everyone who was elected to Parliament in particular periods of history, together with surveys drawing out the themes and discoveries of the research and adding information on the operation of Parliament as an institution.


The History has published eleven sets of volumes, all of which except the most recently published have been made available free of access on www.historyofparliamentonline.org


The History of Parliament also an Oral History Project, consisting of interviews of former parliamentarians and others connected with Parliament or the electoral process. From time to time the History of Parliament also organises conferences and other events, at Westminster and elsewhere, in pursuit of its aims of extending scholarly and public understanding of parliamentary history.


The data controller is the Director of the History of Parliament.




The History of Parliament Trustees maintain confidential personal data (names, addresses, taxation and pension data, banking details) about the Trust’s employees, necessary for the performance of the contract of employment between the Trust and its employees, or necessary for compliance with a legal obligation, such as pension administration. This data is shared with third parties only in performance of contract and in compliance with legal obligations. This data is kept in locked steel cabinets or in password-protected files on its computer server at its office, currently 18 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NS. It does not retain such data longer than is necessary for the performance of contract, compliance with legal obligations or the legitimate interests of the History of Parliament in completing particular and identifiable historical projects.


Public Engagement


The policy of the History of Parliament is to communicate by email with those working in Parliament; and with others, including selected groups of academics, and teachers, and others known by the History of Parliament to have an active interest in parliamentary history. The data generated by these contacts is confined to names and email addresses only. Recruitment to History of Parliament events is often managed by event recruitment agencies such as Eventbrite, and the History of Parliament does not retain mailing lists generated by such events without permission.


Academic Databases


In order to further its core business of historical research and authoritative scholarly publication on parliamentary history, the History of Parliament Trust will process data in specific projects on deceased and living Members of either House of Parliament. The History of Parliament is currently operating one such projects, the Oral History Project.


Data is processed by the History of Parliament’s Oral History Project. This takes the form of interviews with former Members of The House of Commons, or others formerly active in political life, conducted after consent forms have been completed by those agreeing to participate. The data arising is kept securely in password-protected files and folders on the History of Parliament’s computer server. This material is currently shared with the British Library, where it is being preserved as a permanent archive.


The data processing in this project will be academic in character, using historical and social science techniques such as narrative historical writing, data sampling, or statistical analysis, or comparative studies between historical periods. Such data will be stored electronically, on password-protected databases. Except in the arrangement between the History of Parliament and the British Library in relation to the Oral History Project, the information stored is not disclosed to third parties.


Policy last updated: 2018-05-21 – GDPR



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If you would like more information about cookies and controlling your information online, please visit the IHR Cookie policy information at http://www.history.ac.uk/legal/privacy#cookies.


Policy last updated: 2012-05-14 – EU Cookie law update