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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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A volume open to show burned, scorched handwritten pages

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 …

Abolition Petitions to the House of Commons

handwritten document

This is a guest post by Dr Katie Carpenter, Creative Economy Engagement Fellow for the Parliamentary Archives and Royal Holloway, University of London Religious communities, especially non-conformist groups, were active in the movement to abolish slavery in the British Empire. …