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Olivia Colman, the Parliamentary Archives and Who Do You Think You Are?

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In January this year we were very happy to welcome Olivia Colman and the Who Do You Think You Are? Team to the Parliamentary Archives. They were in search of records about Olivia Colman’s ancestors and they found the information …

Representing the people before the vote: Petitions to parliament in the eighteenth century

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This post was written by Dr Philip Loft. When we think of the ‘golden age’ of parliamentary petitioning, thoughts may first turn to the nineteenth century. When slavery was abolished in the British Caribbean colonies in 1833, it followed the …

Winchester School of Art: Legislation inspires art

A guest post by Georgina Estill... I’m Georgina Estill, a third year Graphic design student at WSA. I undertook the external Parliamentary archives brief, in which we were challenged to represent the historic archival information through contemporary visual language whilst …

Researching the history of my house at the Parliamentary Archives: a guest blog by Sharon Lewison

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I live in Islington in a terrace of houses built by a dairyman called Samuel Pullen. Samuel Pullen built the terrace in the late 1760s and it was completed and partially occupied by 1770. When Pullen died in 1775, he …