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Snatched from the Flames: John Bellamy’s Account Book

A volume open to show burned, scorched handwritten pages

Guest blog by Dr Elizabeth Hallam Smith In June 2023 Parliament celebrates 250 years since the opening of the famous Bellamy’s Kitchen and Refreshment Rooms, which from 1773 to 1851 comprised Parliament's main catering outfit.  Here MPs, peers and their …

The New Year Chimes of Big Ben

photograph of the clock tower and the new year fireworks

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 …

How does a record become an archive? Meet the IRMS

This post was written by Shona Robertson, Head of Information Records Management. We’re proud to announce that our Information & Records Management Service has been nominated for the UK Information and Records Management Society Team of the Year! Read on …

Parliament, World War I and the Peers War Memorial

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This blog was written by Katie Widdowson, Assistant Archives Officer. This Autumn, the Parliamentary Archives are showcasing a display commemorating the Armistice of World War One. This display is located in the Norman Porch in the Palace of Westminster and …

Data Collection and Research in Economic History in the age of the 'Digital Revolution': A Guest Blog by Kara Dimitruk, University of California, Irvine

There now hangs a print of the rolls of Acts of Parliament – inspired by the Act Room – above the large research table in the reading room of the Parliamentary Archives. This was a new addition on my most …

Brown overalls and buckets of sawdust? Caretaking and the age of digital

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Licence: Creative Commons Attribution I’ve been fortunate enough in the course of my digital preservation career to attend a fair few conferences on the topic and while I invariably find something to stimulate ideas and reboot enthusiasm, if I’m honest, …

Are you a preservation hero or digital archive dummy?

Take our quiz to find out, we'll give you the answers tomorrow on International Digital Preservation Day! The digital preservation community has been trying to tackle to issues of keeping stuff safe for some time. The oldest digital archive in …