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

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 …

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 …

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 …