Here at the History of Parliament, we are always trying to find more images for our website. As you can see in our Gallery, we have plenty of fantastic pictures of MPs throughout the years. Many from the National Portrait Gallery or Parliamentary archives are of the famous faces of our political history, such as ex-Prime Ministers Robert Peel or Lord North, but others also … Continue reading Picture perfect: Could your images feature on the History of Parliament Online?
Over the past few days Parliament Week has been in full swing and events have taken place around the country aimed at inspiring people to get involved in parliamentary democracy. The theme this year is Women in Democracy – celebrating women’s contribution to British political life. As we all know, despite gaining the vote in 1918 we are still some way from gender parity in … Continue reading Women in Democracy during the 1970s and 1980s
Today marks the start of Parliament week, the annual programme of events to inspire, engage and connect people with parliamentary democracy. Events and activities will take place all across the country on this year’s theme: ‘women in democracy’. (To find out more see http://www.parliamentweek.org) Our annual lecture, given last week by Baroness Patricia Hollis, was a perfect warm up for this week’s events! If you … Continue reading The History of Parliament Annual Lecture 2013 – Baroness Patricia Hollis ‘The Hopes of the Suffragettes: were they realised?’
Our own Dr Andrew Thrush, editor of the House of Lords 1603-1660 section, discusses his recent ‘Parliaments, politics and people’ seminar paper on the link between the fall of Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk, and the Stuart parliament’s rediscovery of their right to impeach ministers… The revival of impeachment has received little attention since the publication of Colin Tite’s seemingly exhaustive monograph nearly forty … Continue reading Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Dr Andrew Thrush, ‘The Fall of Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk and the revival of impeachment, 1621’
As the country prepares for Bonfire Night, we take a look at the two men, both MPs, who caught Guy Fawkes with 36 barrels of gunpowder… This last Night the Upper House of Parliament was searched by Sir Tho. Knevett; and one Johnson, Servant to Mr.Thomas Percye, was there apprehended; who had placed Thirty-six Barrels of Gunpowder in the Vault under the House, with a … Continue reading Apprehending Guy Fawkes, with the help of his garters