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From Rochdale to Westminster: Emily Kelsall and the new Houses of Parliament

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Pencil drawing of a ventilator in Ladies Gallery Attic

This blog post was written by Dr Kathryn Rix, Assistant Editor of the House of Commons, 1832-1945 project at the History of Parliament Trust. One of the more unusual items in the Parliamentary Archives is a silver trowel, used to lay …

TO THE WIRE: The race to pass the 1970 Chronically Sick & Disabled Persons Act

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Black and white photograph of Alfred Morris in suit, sitting at a desk, staring at a small ornament bust.

This blog was written by Richard Ward, Assistant Archives Officer. The House of Lords Order Paper for the 19th April 2000 noted a chamber debate taking place that afternoon to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the passing of the 1970 …

The Parliamentary Archives Jargon Buster: The Main Papers

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This blog was written by Verity Jones, Archives Assistant (Graduate Trainee). For our second jargon busting blog, we’re looking at one of the most unhelpfully named collections in the Parliamentary Archives – the Main Papers. While their name gives little …

The Parliamentary Archives Jargon Buster: Acts of Parliament

large rolled act, tied with acid free tape

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 …