Parliaments, Politics & People seminar: Miles Taylor, ‘Ritualism from below: St Stephen’s crypt, Westminster and its uses, c.1865-1955’

Our ‘Parliaments, politics and people’ seminar returned last week for a new academic year! Here’s our first report of the term… Professor Miles Taylor spoke about his work with the ‘Virtual St Stephens’ project, which explores the history of St Stephens Hall, Westminster. The subject of Professor Taylor’s paper was the crypt, now known as St Mary Undercroft, and its transformation after the fire of … Continue reading Parliaments, Politics & People seminar: Miles Taylor, ‘Ritualism from below: St Stephen’s crypt, Westminster and its uses, c.1865-1955’

The Duke of Albermale’s will

Today, another post inspired by our recently-published volumes on the House of Lords. In this blog the editor, Dr Ruth Paley, discusses the hotly-contested will of the 2nd Duke of Albermale… Christopher Monck, 2nd duke of Albemarle, was an alcoholic who had been warned by his doctor, Hans Sloane, to take care of his diseased liver.  He didn’t listen. In 1688, shortly after he arrived … Continue reading The Duke of Albermale’s will

Parliamentary timetabling

Back to Westminster for MPs this week! Our Director, Dr Paul Seaward, discusses the history of the parliamentary timetable… It may be a warm October, but with the nights drawing in, the party conferences over and Parliament back, there’s still the feeling of the beginning of the autumn term. The October start of the political term is a routine that is part of the British … Continue reading Parliamentary timetabling

Jane Campbell: Parliamentary divorce pioneer

On 23 June 1801, a woman called Jane Campbell divorced her husband Edward Addison by Act of Parliament, and became the first woman to obtain a Parliamentary divorce.  Dr Mari Takayanagi, Senior Archivist at the Parliamentary Archives and joint Project Manager for Vote 100, discusses how this came about, the significance of the case, and investigates who Jane Campbell was. In 1801 Jane Campbell won the first … Continue reading Jane Campbell: Parliamentary divorce pioneer