PARLIAMENTARY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
The Parliamentary Museum and Archives (PMA) was inaugurated by Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha on 29 December 1989. Since then the PMA functioned from the Parliament House Annexe. Now it is housed in a Special Hall of the Sansadiya Gyanpeeth (the New Parliament Library Building) with availability of adequate space for permanent display and storage, which was formally inaugurated on 7 May 2002 by Hon’ble President of India, Shri K.R. Narayanan. PMA seeks to preserve the past and the present for the future by protecting from the ravages of time and neglect a the previous records, historic documents and articles connected with the Constitution and the Parliament and through them to make the history and growth of parliamentary institutions and the political system better understood. At present PMA has three distinct sections, viz. (a) Parliamentary Museum, (b) Parliamentary Photographs and Films Section, and (c) Parliamentary Archives. The Museum seeks to show with the help of models, charts, illustrations, objects, photographs and other visual techniques, the evolution and functioning of parliamentary institutions in India and abroad. The Museum has been divided into three sections. Section I depicts the nature and shape of democratic institutions in India which existed as early as Vedic Age and during subsequent historical periods, growth of modern parliamentary institutions during British period and development of parliamentary institutions in post-independence period till date.
In Section II photographs of some foreign Parliaments are displayed. Section III is about Legislatures in the States. In this Section impressive photographs of Legislature buildings, and other objects including publications pertaining to them are displayed.
The Photographs and Films Section of Parliamentary Museum and Archives preserves authentic, comprehensive, complete and up-to-date pictorial record of the history of the institution of Parliament, its activities and of eminent personalities. Photo Archives has been able to collect and systematically maintain nearly 10,000 photographs relating to parliamentary activities and distinguished persons. The Archives Section of PMA acquires and preserves the records connected with the framing of India’s Constitution, the growth and working of parliamentary institutions and the private papers of parliamentarians irrespective of their political affiliations. Members wishing to hold their papers confidential for a specified number of years, are provided with the facility. A number of Members of Parliament have deposited in Parliamentary Archives, their diaries, correspondence with the important national leaders, photographs and other documents connected with their parliamentary work.
At a suitable time, these records would be open for consultation to scholars, private as well as official to promote scholarly ventures in the sphere of parliamentary and democratic traditions, practices and institutions. Thus PMA would act as a treasure-house and research and communication centre. From time to time, Parliamentary Museum and Archives, in cooperation with official agencies, organises for Members of Parliament and the general public exhibitions on varying themes, on the functioning and achievements of Parliament and democratic institutions.
Parliamentary Museum and Archives -Some Important Telephone Numbers
Additional Secretary 23034217
Joint Secretary 23034738
Joint Director (PMA) 23034017