Review of the Year 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time for our annual review of all that has happened at the History of Parliament in another busy year! Our sections have been busy researching, revising and in some cases preparing for publication, but they’ve still had time to share some of their research with you. We explored what happened to MPs after the Battle of Bosworth; how … Continue reading Review of the Year 2014

Christmas-Day in the Commons, 1656

For those of you still working in Christmas week, Dr Stephen Roberts, editor of the Commons 1640-60 section, discusses the Commons’ debates on Christmas day, 1656: still sitting, of course, and rather disappointed that the rest of the country seemed to have taken the day off… On Christmas day 1656, the second parliament of Oliver Cromwell’s protectorate met as usual to transact business. Some years … Continue reading Christmas-Day in the Commons, 1656

Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Priscila Pivatto & Emma Peplow, ‘MPs in their own words: the History of Parliament’s oral history project’

Our last ‘Parliaments, Politics and People’ seminar was an internal affair, as Priscila Pivatto and Emma Peplow spoke on the History of Parliament’s own national oral history project, which is recording MPs’ memories in their own words. We began by introducing the project and our progress so far (you can find out more here), before discussing some preliminary findings from our project for post-war British … Continue reading Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Priscila Pivatto & Emma Peplow, ‘MPs in their own words: the History of Parliament’s oral history project’

Exeter elections in the 1990s: Witness Seminar

On 27 October we held our first ‘witness seminar’ at the Devon Heritage Centre as part of From the Grassroots: an oral history of community politics in Devon. The aim of a witness seminar is to bring together a small group of people who were involved in particular event or organisation to share their memories. The result is different from a one-on-one oral history interview … Continue reading Exeter elections in the 1990s: Witness Seminar

Thomson ‘with the wooden leg’

It’s Disability History Month, and in honour of this year’s theme, ‘War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement’, Dr Vivienne Larminie, Senior Research Fellow of the Commons 1640-60 section, looks at the life of Col. George Thomson who lost a leg at the battle of Cheriton… Over the centuries, military veterans will have been a familiar sight at Westminster, especially in the aftermath of … Continue reading Thomson ‘with the wooden leg’

Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Alice Ferron, ‘The widow’s peak: early Stuart female voices of authority in Parliament.’

Alice Ferron, a final year PhD student at University College, London reports back on her paper at the last ‘Parliaments, Politics, and People’ seminar. Alice spoke on ‘The widow’s peak: early Stuart female voices of authority in Parliament’… My doctoral research has centered on various strands of censorship in women’s writing in the first half of the early modern period. I am interested in the … Continue reading Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Alice Ferron, ‘The widow’s peak: early Stuart female voices of authority in Parliament.’