Caroline Shenton



Caroline Shenton is an archivist, historian and writer.

She is Archives Accommodation Programme Director for the Parliamentary Archives, having been Director of the Parliamentary Archives from 2008-2014.  Previously she was Assistant Clerk of the Records (Cataloguing and Online Services) at Parliament (1999-2008); and Senior Archivist/Web Editor at The National Archives, Kew (1993-1999). She has an MA (Hons) in Medieval History from the University of St Andrews and a doctorate on Court Culture and the Royal Household during the reign of Edward III from Worcester College, Oxford. Having qualified as an archivist at UCL, she was a founder member of the Society of Archives’ EAD/Data Standards Group and Chair of the CALM-EAD special interest group. She has been a committee member of the ICA’s section on Parliament and Political Parties Archives, and Archives adviser to the Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library.  Her professional interests include social media and online service provision for archives; strategic archive management; cataloguing and data standardisation; and public history.

Caroline has published widely on historical and archival topics and a full list of her academic publications can be found on her She is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society.

Her first popular history book, The Day Parliament Burned Down (OUP, 2012) met with rave reviews; was a Book of the Year in The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Herald Scotland; and was shortlisted for three prizes including the Longman-History Today Prize. In 2013 it won top prize at the Political Book of the Year awards and in 2016 its sequel Mr Barry's War wwas published, also by OUP.

Caroline also tweets on archives, heritage, public history and other topics @dustshoveller, and reviews books for The Spectator.

Selected Publications:

  • The Day Parliament Burned Down (OUP, 2012)
  • Victoria Tower Treasures from the Parliamentary Archives (Parliamentary Archives, London, 2010).
  • ‘The Historic Records of the Judicial Function of the House of Lords’, Legal Information Management, 10 (2010), pp 35-41.
  • ‘Raising the Portcullis: the Automation of the Parliamentary Archives, 1999-2005’, Journal of the Society of Archivists, 27 (2006), pp 155-164.
  • ‘Implementing a Records Management Strategy for the UK Parliament: the experience of using Keyword AAA’ in the Journal of the Society of Archivists, 24 (2003) 141-157 (with Paul Gibbons)
  • Society of Archivists Best Practice Guideline 7 Archival Web Sites: a guide to creating, designing, marketing and maintaining a web site for archive services, (Society of Archivists, London, 2002).