Review of the year 2015

2015 has been a very busy year here at the History of Parliament Trust! Of course much of this has been due to the important political anniversaries we’ve been marking this year. These began in January, when Parliament launched their year of celebrations with the ‘Beginnings of that Freedome’ exhibition in Westminster Hall on the anniversary of Simon de Montfort’s 1265 Parliament. We were delighted … Continue reading Review of the year 2015

Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Sarah Ward, ‘I am nothing discuraged to present you with the Parliament newse’: parliamentary news, personal interest and political action in north-east Wales, 1640-88

Our final ‘Parliaments, Politics and People’ seminar of the year took place last week, as Sarah Ward of Oxford University, gave a paper on ‘I am nothing discuraged to present you with the Parliament newse’: parliamentary news, personal interest and political action in north-east Wales, 1640-88. Here Sarah reports back on her paper… This paper delivered the preliminary findings of an examination of the news … Continue reading Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Sarah Ward, ‘I am nothing discuraged to present you with the Parliament newse’: parliamentary news, personal interest and political action in north-east Wales, 1640-88

Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Robin McCallum, English Towns & Parliamentary Representation, 1295-1350

At our last ‘Parliaments, Politics and People’ seminar Robin McCullum, of Queen’s University Belfast, gave a paper on ‘English Towns & Parliamentary Representation, 1295-1350’. Here Robin reports back on his paper… The overarching aim of this paper was to explore how Bristol and Norwich exploited their growing participation at parliament to forge a new relationship with the English crown between 1295 and 1350. This was … Continue reading Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Robin McCallum, English Towns & Parliamentary Representation, 1295-1350

The Eligibility of Constance Markievicz

On 14th December 1918, Countess Constance Markievicz (1868-1927) became the first woman to be elected to the UK Parliament, but she did not take her seat. Dr Mari Takayanagi, Senior Archivist at the Parliamentary Archives  and joint Project Manager for Vote 100  discusses how this came about and whether she would in fact have been eligible to be an MP. In 1918, the Representation of … Continue reading The Eligibility of Constance Markievicz

Was Wilberforce the only influential parliamentarian abolitionist? Certainly not…

Joining the History of Parliament on work experience this summer, A level student Georgina Hands explained that she had heard about the Trust after using our website for research in to a school history project. Here she blogs for us about her research in to the parliamentary abolitionists… Britain’s slave trade is a part of history which is often overlooked. Despite the practice of the … Continue reading Was Wilberforce the only influential parliamentarian abolitionist? Certainly not…

Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Jonathan Moss & Gerry Stoker ‘Popular Understandings of Politics, 1945-1950: Perspectives from Mass Observation’

At the third ‘Parliaments, Politics and People’ seminar of the term Jonathan Moss, from the University of Southampton, spoke on ‘Popular Understandings of Politics: Perspectives from Mass Observation, 1945-1951.’ Here he gives us an overview of his paper… This paper reported findings from an interdisciplinary project funded by the ESRC on ‘Popular understandings of politics in Britain, 1937-2014’. The context for the project is alienation … Continue reading Parliaments, Politics and People seminar: Jonathan Moss & Gerry Stoker ‘Popular Understandings of Politics, 1945-1950: Perspectives from Mass Observation’

The ‘Story of Parliament’: Parliament and the press

Earlier this year the History published ‘The Story of Parliament: Celebrating 750 years of parliament in Britain’ to mark the anniversary of Simon de Montfort’s parliament in 1265. The book is a brief introduction to the full 750 years of parliamentary history, aimed at the general reader, and available to purchase from the Houses of Parliament bookshop – a great Christmas present for the parliamentary … Continue reading The ‘Story of Parliament’: Parliament and the press