Category Archives: History

A tribute to Harry Cobb

The History of Parliament staff were sad to hear about the recent death of Harry Cobb, Clerk of the Records at the House of Lords Record Office 1981-1991. A major contributor to the study of parliamentary history, he will be … Continue reading

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Writing Parliamentary Biography. The Commons 1640-1660. Part 2: Sir Simonds D’Ewes (1602-50), the self-fashioning MP

In the second of a four-part series, Dr Stephen Roberts, editor of the Commons 1640-60 section, discusses the problems associated with judging the life of a prolific diarist… Simonds D’Ewes was born into a family recently settled in Suffolk but … Continue reading

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Writing Parliamentary Biography, the Commons 1640-1660. Part 1: Methods

In the first of a four-part series, Dr Stephen Roberts, editor of the Commons 1640-60 section, discusses the History’s research method and how his section approaches writing hundreds of biographies of Civil War Parliamentarians… There must be more than one … Continue reading

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Time and the Commons

Our Director, Dr Paul Seaward, explores the development of the late night culture at the House of Commons… The above John Doyle print of July 1831, ‘The House wot keeps bad hours’, shows the House of Commons in session with … Continue reading

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1614: The Beginning of the Crisis of Parliaments

Dr Andrew Thrush, editor of the Lords 1603-60 section, describes events in the ‘Addled Parliament’, which was meeting 400 years ago this month… On the afternoon of 4 May 1614, an irate James I issued the House of Commons with … Continue reading

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Parliaments, politics and people seminar: Tom Crewe, ‘The politics of image and the image of politics’

Our final ‘Parliaments, Politics and People’ seminar of term took place last week. Tom Crewe, of Pembroke College, Cambridge, spoke on ‘The politics of image and the image of politics: visual representations of politicians and portraiture in the press, c.1840-1906’. … Continue reading

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The Miners’ Strike: 30 years on

Thirty years ago this month the miners’ strike began. One of the defining moments of modern British history and Margaret Thatcher’s government, in March 1984 Arthur Scargill led the National Union of Mineworkers out on strike in protest against proposed … Continue reading

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