Digitised Records

To enable researchers to access frequently-consulted material in the archive without necessitating a visit in person, the department is undertaking an ongoing programme of digitisation. The digitised series are listed below, and links lead through to further details as well as the records themselves. Please note that, due to limited staff resources, assistance with questions regarding terminology or (where the records are handwritten) palaeography is not available.

Registers of Admissions (1501 – 1944)

These published registers record the names of members admitted to the Inn between 1501 and 1944, giving some details of their age on admission, family and geographical background and, where applicable, date of Call to the Bar. They are a useful resource for family and social historians alike.

Minutes of Parliament (1501 – 1898)

These volumes record the minutes of Parliament, the Inn’s senior governing body, between 1501 and 1889. The minutes concern discussions had and decisions made on a vast range of subjects, including the appointment of office-bearers at the Inn, the admission of members, chambers and shops, discipline at the Inn, staff recruitment and wages, legal education, food and drink, the Inn’s relationship with other institutions, and a range of other matters.

Treasurers’ Receipt Books (1800 – 1922)

This series gives a remarkably complete record of the Society’s expenditure, at present available digitally for the period 1800 - 1922. The volumes, each of which corresponds to the year of office of a Treasurer of the Inn, contain either copies of or original receipts / bills, chronologically arranged, for a wide range of transactions, including building work, decoration, tradesmen’s bills, attorney’s bills, payments for the purchase  of silver, pictures, furniture, books and stationery, servant’s wages, the cook’s bill, payments for commons, charges for supplies such as ale, wine and food, for plants for the garden, utilities and a great deal more. They are mostly handwritten and not, at this stage, searchable.

Bench Book (15th Century - 1937) - Coming soon

This printed volume records details of each Master of the Bench at the Inn from the earliest fifteenth century records to the year 1937. Biographical information recorded includes places and dates of birth and death, details of admission and Call at the Inn, legal and political positions held, honours and titles granted, publications and details of coats of arms.