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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 …

HOW WE MADE: THE PARLIAMENT & THE 50's ROYAL GALLERY DISPLAY

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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 …

Jane Julia Bennett, Keeper of the Keys of the House of Lords

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Guest blog by Dr Elizabeth Hallam Smith Jane Julia Bennett, née Wright, Deputy Housekeeper and then Housekeeper to the House of Lords, holds a remarkable place in the history of Parliament.  For she was the only woman to occupy a …

A taxing responsibility: Subsidies of the Clergy, 1543-1628

This blog was written by Dr Edward Taylor, Library Assistant at the House of Lords Library. I recently gained the opportunity to volunteer for the Collection Care team at the Parliamentary Archives. One of my tasks was to audit a …