Life before Parliament: the formative years of Josiah C. Wedgwood, 1872-1904

Last night at the new Newcastle-under-Lyme Library the History of Parliament’s Sammy Sturgess and Emma Peplow, along with British Academy / Wolfson Foundation Research Professor Paul Seaward, gave a talk about the life of Josiah C. Wedgwood to local history enthusiasts. They were graciously introduced by Zagham Farhan, the Member of Youth Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme and Moorlands. This event launched our exhibition tour in North Staffordshire as part … Continue reading Life before Parliament: the formative years of Josiah C. Wedgwood, 1872-1904

MPs in World War I: Hon. Guy Victor Baring (1873-1916)

The Battle of the Somme claimed another two MPs one hundred years ago this week. Today Dr Kathryn Rix of the Victorian Commons, continues our series with a short biography of Hon. Guy Baring, who died on the same  day as the former MP, Charles William Reginald Duncombe, second Earl of Feversham, who will feature on our blog tomorrow. With the Battle of the Somme entering a … Continue reading MPs in World War I: Hon. Guy Victor Baring (1873-1916)

‘The first M.P. to fall’: the Hon. Arthur Edward Bruce O’Neill (1876-1914)

Over the next four years, we’ll be blogging short biographies of the MPs who died fighting in the First World War. Dr Kathryn Rix, of the Victorian Commons, looks at the ‘first to fall’, 100 years ago today: the Hon. Arthur O’Neill… Reporting on 11 November 1914 at the start of a new parliamentary session, The Times observed that, It will be an unfamiliar House … Continue reading ‘The first M.P. to fall’: the Hon. Arthur Edward Bruce O’Neill (1876-1914)