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FREEDOM TO CARTOON: David Low & Lord Beaverbrook

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Shows a cartoon of the clock face of the clock tower and men climbing at scaffolding to get to the clock face. There are signatures around the cartoon.

Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs National Portrait Gallery Twenty years ago, this summer, the great and good of Britain’s cartooning community gathered in Westminster Hall for the grand opening of a new Parliament exhibition titled Low: The 20th Century’s Greatest Cartoonist. …


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Black and white photograph of a white man with a beard and glasses. The man is sitting at a table drawing with sketches around him.

‘We all have a book in us’ as the saying goes. There are some long-forgotten manuscripts in our collections written by various individuals that unfortunately never had the glory of going to print. A red-ribboned bundle titled In the House …

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

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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 …


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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 …