From the Grassroots exhibition launched

We were delighted to formally open our ‘From the Grassroots’ exhibition last week at the Forum, University of Exeter. ‘From the Grassroots’ has, with the generous support of the HLF, been collecting memories of political activism in Devon since 1945. Here our project coordinator, Dr Kayleigh Milden, shares her thoughts on the exhibition… Creating the exhibition from scratch has been a wonderful experience. Standing back … Continue reading From the Grassroots exhibition launched

Simon de Montfort’s 1265 Parliament and Magna Carta

750 years ago today Simon de Montfort’s famous 1265 Parliament opened in Westminster Hall. This is one of two anniversaries this year, along with the sealing of Magna Carta, that have enormous significance in English and British constitutional and legal history. They provide the inspiration for our conference this summer, ‘Making Constitutions, Building Parliaments’. Starting today we’ll be publishing a series of blogposts in the run … Continue reading Simon de Montfort’s 1265 Parliament and Magna Carta

MPs’ memories of candidate selection

Today’s blogpost is from one of our Oral History Project interviewers, Emme Ledgerwood, who has used our archive to explore the experience of candidate selection… The vast majority of MPs arrive at Westminster on a party ticket, and one of the most critical junctures on that road remains getting selected as a prospective parliamentary candidate for a political party. Candidate selection is governed only by … Continue reading MPs’ memories of candidate selection

Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Eliza Hartrich, Influencing Parliament in 15th-century England: some observations on ‘The Libelle of Englyshe Polycye’

Dr Robin Eagles, Senior Research Fellow in the House of Lords 1660-1832 section reports back from our final ‘Parliaments, Politics and People’ seminar of 2014… The final Parliaments seminar of term welcomed Eliza Hartrich from Magdalen College, Oxford. Eliza’s paper sought to cast new light on the way in which late mediaeval parliaments operated through examination of The Libelle of Englyshe Polycye: a poem in … Continue reading Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Eliza Hartrich, Influencing Parliament in 15th-century England: some observations on ‘The Libelle of Englyshe Polycye’