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John Wilkes, Parliament and the freedom of the press 1771-2021

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This article was written by Robin Eagles, Editor, House of Lords 1660-1832, History of Parliament. With Parliament now televised and a verbatim account of its debates recorded by the Hansard reporters, it is easy to forget that the right to report …

Leek, Thistle, Shamrock and Rose: Symbols of the UK and the Elizabeth Tower

Colour photograph of decorative shield on the exterior of the Palace of Westminster.

The Elizabeth Tower and the Palace of Westminster are decorated with beautiful and symbolic imagery – representing the values, history, and identity of UK Parliament. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the national plant emblems on …

When Records Began- A Plotted History of the Parliamentary Archives Firsts

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Parliament first began to keep and preserve its archives in 1497. The Parliamentary Archives collects significant records created by Parliament such as Acts of Parliament, as well as documents that record the activity of Parliament such as journals and Hansard. …