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Leek, Thistle, Shamrock and Rose: Symbols of the UK and the Elizabeth Tower

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Colour photograph of decorative shield on the exterior of the Palace of Westminster.

The Elizabeth Tower and the Palace of Westminster are decorated with beautiful and symbolic imagery – representing the values, history, and identity of UK Parliament. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the national plant emblems on …

When Records Began- A Plotted History of the Parliamentary Archives Firsts

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This image shows a a map like plan. The river Dee runs through the plan. Farmland features heavily. There is compass in the top right hand corner.

Parliament first began to keep and preserve its archives in 1497. The Parliamentary Archives collects significant records created by Parliament such as Acts of Parliament, as well as documents that record the activity of Parliament such as journals and Hansard. …

Haunted Glass and Hidden History – details from our photographic collections

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Promotional image showing a framed black and white photo above a sofa.

Learn more about the Parliamentary Archives photograph collection and the secrets hidden in them. This blog was written by Simon Barnes and Tim Banting, Heritage Photographers in the Parliamentary Archives The UK Parliament recently shared a photograph from our collections, …


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Black and white photograph of a middle aged bald white man in a suit.

Emanuel Shinwell: Politician, Peer, Pugilist In the first of our series on the history of Jewish MPs we chronicle the ‘nine lives’ of Manny Shinwell. This blog was written by Richard Ward, Assistant Archives Officer. You know you’ve made it …


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A Censorship Caper in Committee STARRING Harley Granville Barker, Lena Ashwell, George Bernard Shaw, Herbert Samuel, Speaker Lowther, George Redford & the mysterious Lord Chamberlain!!!   At the turn of the 20th century British theatre was suffering from a censoring …


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black and white photograph showing a large bell

This blog article was written by Nicole Hartland, Archive Assistant (Graduate Trainee).  The sound of Big Ben is iconic. Big Ben (rings the note of E) and the four quarter bells (ring G sharp, F sharp, E, and B) sound …