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Celebrating Our Sisters: The Speakers House Black History Month Reception

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In 2023 The Parliamentary Archives were asked to display collections objects at Mr Speaker’s Black History Month Reception. The UK Black History Month 2023 theme was Saluting Our Sisters. The event highlighted the crucial role Black people have played in …

12 Days of Parliamentary Archives

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The weeks leading up to Christmas can be hectic, so we wanted to give you a reason to take a short break from putting up Christmas decorations, shopping and wrapping presents to sit back, relax and learn more about the …


Cover of an LP with green and black design, including picture of Churchill, two fingers showing the V sign.

Written by Richard Ward, Assistant Archives Officer Curators would agree that when an exhibition or display is not dedicated to an upcoming anniversary it allows a greater freedom for manoeuvre. Where brainstorming sessions can embrace lateral thinking rather than a …

Snatched from the Flames: John Bellamy’s Account Book

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Guest blog by Dr Elizabeth Hallam Smith In June 2023 Parliament celebrates 250 years since the opening of the famous Bellamy’s Kitchen and Refreshment Rooms, which from 1773 to 1851 comprised Parliament's main catering outfit.  Here MPs, peers and their …

Margaret Wintringham, first Liberal woman MP

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Event for women MPs celebrating Megan Lloyd George's 20th anniversary in Parliament, 31 May 1949.

By Mari Takayanagi, Senior Archivist  On 22 September 1921, Margaret Wintringham (1879-1955) was elected MP for Louth in Lincolnshire in a by-election, becoming the first ever Liberal woman MP.  She was the third woman MP ever elected, following Constance Markievicz in 1918 and …