UK Parliament

BROADCASTING BIG BEN

This blog article was written by Nicole Hartland, Archive Assistant (Graduate Trainee).  The sound of Big Ben is iconic. Big Ben (rings the note of E) and the four quarter bells (ring G sharp, F sharp, E, and B) sound …

Baron Learie Constantine

Black and white photograph of Learie Constantine in suit with a pocket square.

Ten Things you need to know about the first Black Parliamentarian Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial National Portrait Gallery This article was written by Richard Ward, Assistant Archives Officer. Warning: This article uses contemporary quotes which contain offensive language that some …

THE TALENTED MR FAWCETT

This blog was written by Richard Ward, Assistant Archives Officer. Continuing our series of blogs on disability history, this is the life and times of Britain’s first blind MP. An inspiring story of determination, love and liberalism. It was a …

THE OTHER TOWER

black and white image of the Palace of Westminster

This blog was written by Katherine Emery, Assistant Archives Officer. The two towers of the Houses of Parliament make up the well-known silhouette of the building. The more famous Elizabeth Tower, the clocktower that the holds Big Ben and the …

JACK ASHLEY: NO BARRIERS

black and white photo of an old white man wearing glasses.

This blog was written by Richard Ward, Assistant Archives Officer. In the early hours of the 1st April 1966, BBC cameras covering the General Election captured the moment Jack Ashley was confirmed as the new Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent …