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The Coupon Election

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This blog was written by Richard Ward, Assistant Archives Officer. December 14th 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Coupon Election. Taking place just after World War One ended it has largely been forgotten, despite being one of the most …

1539: The Origin of Statutory Compulsory Purchase of Land for Transport Development

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A guest post by Stephen Gadd, PhD candidate at Winchester University I am examining the legislative and regulatory changes of the sixteenth century which laid the foundations in England and Wales for later transport development, including river navigation, road and …

NEW PLAYS, NEW PLAYERS: THE END OF THEATRE CENSORSHIP IN THE UK

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Today's blog was written by Richard Ward, Assistant Archives Officer. This summer, the Parliamentary Archives, Norman Porch display in the Palace of Westminster exhibits documents celebrating the 50th anniversary of theatre censorship being lifted. You can see the exhibition if …

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 …