Welcome to the new blog from the History of Parliament.
The History was established in the 1950s and since then has been creating a comprehensive account of parliamentary politics in England and Britain. There are now over forty volumes of research on all things parliamentary from the 14th to the 19th centuries, in particular biographies of everyone elected to parliament, detailed surveys of electoral politics in each constituency and introductory surveys that draw together the major themes of each period of research.
As you may already know, this research is all available online and free of charge at www.historyofparliamentonline.org. In addition, there are further articles to help you ‘Explore’ parliamentary history: the key events and themes. It’s a great resource for academics, family and local historians – and for social, diplomatic, economic and religious historians as much as political historians.
This blog will keep you completely up to date with what is going on at the History. Some of the History’s academic staff will contribute with stories from their research, the interesting lives and events they have uncovered as well as their experiences deep in the archives. We will be reporting on all the History’s news, publications and events. Finally, we’ll also try and put some current events into their historical context. Any number of today’s controversies have surprisingly deep historical roots: from the state of the British union, through parliamentary reform and even on to political slogans (see our 1832-68 section’s blog on ‘One Nation’ Conservatism, for example.