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The Parliamentary Archives Jargon Buster: Acts of Parliament

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This blog was written by Verity Jones, Archives Assistant Graduate Trainee. I am currently the Archives Assistant Graduate Trainee in the Parliamentary Archives, having started in September 2019. Over the last 8 months, I have got to grips with many …

THOMAS KEN, A CLERK TO THE HOUSE OF LORDS IN THE LONG PARLIAMENT

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A guest post by Bruce Ryder, an independent researcher working on a biography of Bishop Thomas Ken. J. C. Sainty, in his paper The Parliament Office in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (1977), identifies Thomas Ken as one of the …

The New Year Chimes of Big Ben

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As the New Year approaches, we will once again hear the bongs of Big Ben ring out across London as midnight strikes. While renovations are taking place, the Great Bell is currently only rung on special occasions such as Remembrance …

Abolition Petitions to the House of Commons

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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. …