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RAVE AGAINST THE MACHINE: HOW PARLIAMENT STOPPED THE PARTY

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Since World War Two numerous youth movements have emerged whether they be mods and rockers, countercultural hippies, or punks. Yet none of those disparate trends quite shook the establishment with the dangerous abandonment of the late eighties/early nineties underground rave …

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 …

Pasting the Proclamation: Helen Fox and Barbara Duval

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A woman pastes a Proclamation poster onto a wall, on top of another poster titled Hackney Carriages. Another women stands nearby with a bunch more posters,.

By Mari Takayanagi, Senior Archivist The Parliamentary Archives recently acquired a wonderful new suffragette photograph! It shows suffragettes from the Women's Freedom League (WFL) pasting a Proclamation on a board advertising Hackney Carriage Prices. The two women are Barbara Duval …

VISCOUNT STANSGATE: A POLITICAL LIFE IN SIX IMAGES  

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black and white photograph of a man and a woman. They are both wearing hats.

The personal papers of William Wedgwood Benn, 1st Viscount Stansgate were placed with the House of Lords Record Office (today’s Parliamentary Archives) in May 1973 by his widow Viscountess Stansgate and son Anthony Benn MP. Unfortunately, a considerable proportion of …