The Archives

The Inner Temple archives document the history of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, one of the four London based Inns of Court. Dating from 1505, they include records relating to the admission, education and call to the bar of members; the management of the inn by the Treasurer and council of benchers, known as the inn's Parliament, with its committees and sub-committees; the day to day administration of the inn and its property by the Sub-Treasurer and his staff; and the conduct of events taking place within the inn.

The Inn also holds a number of records relating to the Temple Church, which is jointly owned and administered by the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple. The archives reflect the long and varied history of the inn and its continuing role in legal education and the regulation of the upper branch of the legal profession.

Transcripts in the Archives include: The Acts of Parliament, Bench Table Orders and early financial accounts have been transcribed and edited up to and including 1835 in A Calendar of Inner Temple Records 1505-1835 volumes I-VIII (vols. I-III edited by F A Inderwick, London, 1896-1901; vols. IV-V 1714-1800 edited by R A Roberts, London, 1933-36; vols. VI-VIII 1801-35 edited by B Given, London, 1992).

Access to the Inner Temple Archives
The Inner Temple archives are available for consultation by members of the public (on Thursdays and Fridays only) by prior appointment. Researchers wishing to enquire about or to consult the archives should write to:

Celia Pilkington
The Archivist

Inner Temple Library Manuscripts
The Inner Temple Library also holds manuscripts and archive material in a separate Manuscript Collection, which is described on the Inner Temple Library website.