Listen to extracts from our oral history project exhibition

Visit our new oral history section to find pages dedicated to eighteen of our first interviewees, containing portraits from Michael Waller-Bridge, short biographies, full interview summaries and extracts from the interviews themselves.

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Buy 'Honour, Interest and Power' from Boydell and Brewer

This highly illustrated book presents the first results from the research undertaken by the History of Parliament Trust on the peers and bishops between the Restoration and the accession of George I.


Volumes available from Boydell and Brewer, at special winter prices

Our volumes covering 1386-1421, 1509-1558, 1558-1603, 1660-1690, 1690-1715, 1715-1754, 1754-1790, 1790-1820 are all still available from Boydell and Brewer, at special winter prices.

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The Rights of Women, or the Effects of Female Enfranchisement, 1853

An engraving by caricaturist George Cruikshank showing the supposed effect of giving women the vote. Sir Charles Darling, the attractive ’ladies candidate’, is receiving all of the attention; the 'great political economist Screw Driver' is...


Buy the seven volumes of The House of Commons 1820-32 (published 2009) from CUP

ed. D.R. Fisher (Cambridge University Press, 2009). ISBN 978-0-521-19314-6, current price £490
Introductory survey; 1367 biographies; 383 constituencies; 5838 pages

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Pitt addressing the House of Commons, 1793

This picture by the Austrian painter Karl Anton Hickel shows Prime Minister William Pitt speaking to the House in 1793, close to the outbreak of the French revolutionary wars. The chamber is the pre-fire House of Commons, the old St Stephen’s...


Buy the six volumes of The House of Commons 1604-29 from Cambridge University Press, now at the special price of £184!

ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris (Cambridge University Press, 2010), ISBN 978-1-107-00225-8, now at the special price of £184.
Introductory survey; 1782 biographies; 259 constituencies; 4686 pages

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Click here to access the published text of the HOP series on the House of Commons: 1386-1421, 1509-58, 1558-1603, 1604-29, 1660-90, 1690-1715, 1715-54, 1754-90, 1790-1820, 1820-32.

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Click here to discover more about the major events in the history of the British Parliament and to read newly written articles on a wide range of important related topics.

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Click here to see a gallery of all the historical illustrations on the History of Parliament website, and to view larger versions and find out further information about each picture.

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Using the History of Parliament

Welcome to the History of Parliament online. This site contains all of the biographical, constituency and introductory survey articles published in The History of Parliament series. Work is still underway on checking and cleaning the data that has been transferred into the website from a number of sources, and the current version of the site is still provisional. In order to find out more about the articles produced by the History, click on the links in the 'Research' section above. Additional material - explanatory articles, and images of Members, Parliaments and elections - have been produced specially for the website, and can be found through the 'Explore' and 'Gallery' sections above. For more information on the History, see the About us section, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or read the HistoryOfParliament, Director and VictorianCommons blogs.