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“Disgraceful Traffic”: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Debated in Parliament, February 1805

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This article was written by Miriam Gibson, Archives Assistant (Graduate Trainee). Content warning: This article uses contemporary quotes which contain offensive language and details of the transatlantic slave trade, which some readers may find upsetting.  “The storm is fast gathering; every instant …

Margaret Wintringham, first Liberal woman MP

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Event for women MPs celebrating Megan Lloyd George's 20th anniversary in Parliament, 31 May 1949.

By Mari Takayanagi, Senior Archivist  On 22 September 1921, Margaret Wintringham (1879-1955) was elected MP for Louth in Lincolnshire in a by-election, becoming the first ever Liberal woman MP.  She was the third woman MP ever elected, following Constance Markievicz in 1918 and …


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Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs National Portrait Gallery To mark South Asian Heritage Month, here’s a profile of Shapurji Saklatvala, a pioneering British Parliamentarian of Indian birth. Prepare to be enlightened about The Man, The Myth, The Marxist. This blog was …

Haunted Glass and Hidden History – details from our photographic collections

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Learn more about the Parliamentary Archives photograph collection and the secrets hidden in them. This blog was written by Simon Barnes and Tim Banting, Heritage Photographers in the Parliamentary Archives The UK Parliament recently shared a photograph from our collections, …