THE TALENTED MR FAWCETT

This blog was written by Richard Ward, Assistant Archives Officer. Continuing our series of blogs on disability history, this is the life and times of Britain’s first blind MP. An inspiring story of determination, love and liberalism. It was a …

JACK ASHLEY: NO BARRIERS

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This blog was written by Richard Ward, Assistant Archives Officer. In the early hours of the 1st April 1966, BBC cameras covering the General Election captured the moment Jack Ashley was confirmed as the new Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent …

IF HE THINKS FIT

A Censorship Caper in Committee STARRING Harley Granville Barker, Lena Ashwell, George Bernard Shaw, Herbert Samuel, Speaker Lowther, George Redford & the mysterious Lord Chamberlain!!!   At the turn of the 20th century British theatre was suffering from a censoring …

BROADCASTING BIG BEN

This blog article was written by Nicole Hartland, Archive Assistant (Graduate Trainee).  The sound of Big Ben is iconic. Big Ben (rings the note of E) and the four quarter bells (ring G sharp, F sharp, E, and B) sound …

WHICH WITCH(CRAFT ACT) IS WHICH?

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This blog was written by Nicole Hartland, Archive Assistant (Graduate Trainee). WITCHCRAFT, MAGIC AND DIVINATION IN THE ARCHIVES This blog post will explore the many acts which tried to define and control the practices of witchcraft, magic and divination from …

Baron Learie Constantine

Black and white photograph of Learie Constantine in suit with a pocket square.

Ten Things you need to know about the first Black Parliamentarian Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial National Portrait Gallery This article was written by Richard Ward, Assistant Archives Officer. Warning: This article uses contemporary quotes which contain offensive language that some …