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Join the German Historical Institute London and the History of Parliament Trust in Bloomsbury Square on 14 December 2018 (0930-1700) for a free one-day workshop disscussing mass media, news and communications in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. 

The morning will be hosted by the History of Parliament Trust, 18 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NS, with the afternoon being hosted by our neighbours at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ. The full programme can be found here

Lunch and refreshments are included.

Please register you attendance with GHIL's events officer, Carole Sterckx on sterckx@ghil.ac.uk

The History of Parliament Trust and IHR's Parliaments, Politics and People seminar would like to invite you to a round table discussion on digital humanities and political history, in memory of the Trust's former director, Valerie Cromwell. Valerie, who founded the parliamentary history seminar at the IHR, was an early enthusiast for computing and recognised its potential to transform parliamentary history, long before digital humanities became a discipline in itself. With expertise ranging from the medieval to the modern, the panel will consider the impact of digital humanities on the practice of political history, the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, materiality and digital sources, as well as the management and development of digital humanities projects. Speakers: Dr Hannes Kleineke (History of Parliament, Commons 1422-1504), Dr Ruth Ahnert (Queen Mary/Tudor Networks of Power), Professor Arthur Burns (King’s College London/ Georgian Papers Programme), and Professor Jane Winters (Professor of Digital Humanities, School of Advanced Study).


With questions or enquiries about the event please contact Martin Spychal, seminar convenor at the History of Parliament Trust on mspychal@histparl.ac.uk

The History of Parliament Trust has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £5,300 to mark the 75th anniversary of the death of its founder, Josiah C. Wedgwood, in and around Newcastle-under-Lyme, the parliamentary constituency he served for nearly forty years. From September this year we will celebrate Wedgwood’s passionate campaigning life and his fight for liberal democracy in a world threatened by totalitarianism. The project has also received the generous support of The Remembering Eleanor Rathbone Group and UK Parliament.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, ‘Commemorating Josiah C. Wedgwood’ will tour an exhibition on Wedgwood’s life and campaigns against fascism around Staffordshire. Originally displayed in the Houses of Parliament, the exhibition has been created with the support of the UK Parliament’s Curator’s Office and the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art. It will be accompanied by talks and events exploring aspects of Wedgwood’s life, including a workshop and public event in partnership with the School of Humanities at Keele University in November. The project will also provide local schools with resources focussing on the crises of the 1930s through the eyes of an important local figure, and run a competition for local schoolchildren based on the resources.

‘Jos’ was one of the famous pottery Wedgwoods, and dedicated to the history of Staffordshire and his parliamentary constituency of Newcastle-under-Lyme. His founding of the History of Parliament project in the 1930s was inspired by his interest in Staffordshire’s history and his deep commitment to parliamentary democracy. During this period he campaigned fiercely against totalitarianism, working tirelessly to protect refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, and attacking government policy on Fascism, Nazism and anti-Semitism alongside allies such as Eleanor Rathbone MP. 2018 is both the 75th anniversary of his death and the 80th anniversary of the Munich agreement, a perfect opportunity to remember a passionate local MP in his former constituency.

Dr Stephen Roberts, Director of the History of Parliament Trust, said ‘We are thrilled to be able to commemorate the life of our founder and share some of his most passionate campaigns with the people of his former constituency thanks to the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.’

The current MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, Paul Farrelly, said ‘The events organised by the History of Parliament Trust have been wonderful in highlighting the contributions Josiah C. Wedgwood made towards the fight for freedom and against the murderous tyranny of fascism in Europe. He was also the longest serving MP for Newcastle in the 20th century by far, and next year we’ll mark another anniversary - the centenary of when Colonel Wedgwood left the Liberal party and joined Labour’s ranks.’

For more information about the project, please contact us.

The History of Parliament's latest project, ‘Commemorating Josiah C. Wedgwood’, is looking to commission a teacher or educational professional to help us develop schools resources based on our project. We are looking to create resources to cover the history Key Stage Three syllabus, based on the political campaigning of Josiah C. Wedgwood against fascism and appeasement in the 1930s. The teaching resources will be available for teachers to download from the website, and form the basis for a schools competition.

We expect the work to take around eight days to complete, and would like it to be prepared in time for the new school year in September if possible, or as soon as possible thereafter. For further details, please see the attached brief.
Please register your interest with Sammy Sturgess (ssturgess@histparl.ac.uk, 020 7467 9810) by Friday 3 August 2018.

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Drupal Web Developer at the History of Parliament Trust for a fixed term of two years. The postholder will work in close association with the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. They will be responsible for the security, maintenance, development and redesign of the websites of the History of Parliament Trust.

Please click here for further particulars and how to apply. The deadline for the receipt of applications is Friday 6th July 2018.   

Please click here to download the application form as a Word document.

The annual History of Parliament annual lecture will take place on the evening of Tuesday, 16th January at Portcullis House, Westminster. This year the lecture will take the form of a debate, between Rt Hon. the Lord Adonis and Kwasi Kwarteng MP, on ‘The Second Reform Act of 1867: party interest or the road to democracy?’ The debate will be introduced by Dr Philip Salmon and Dr Kathryn Rix of our House of Commons, 1832-68 project.

Lord Adonis is a Labour peer, until recently chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, and a historian, author of (among other things) Making Aristocracy Work: The Peerage and the Political System in Britain, 1884-1914. Kwasi Kwarteng is Conservative MP for Spelthorne, and a historian, author of (among other things) Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World. He is a trustee of the History of Parliament Trust.

The lecture is free and open to the public but you will need a ticket to attend. If you would like to do so, please contact us.

A Century of Women MPs Conference: Westminster, 5-7 September 2018

November 2018 marks one hundred years since the passage of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act. This Act together with the Representation of the People Act, passed early in the same year enabled women to participate in the December 1918 election as both voters and candidates for the first time. Constance Markievicz was elected, but did not sit, and so Nancy Astor, elected at a by-election the following year, became the first woman sitting MP.

A Century of Women MPs’ is a major international conference, hosted in London by Parliament’s Vote 100 project, the History of Parliament Trust and the University of Westminster, which will explore the experiences, contributions and achievements of women MPs, the challenges they faced, and debates and issues around gender and representation. The conference will include contributions from previous and current women MPs and from scholars from a variety of disciplines working in the field. It will be of interest to politicians, policymakers, women’s organisations and those working in disciplines such as history, politics and sociology.

Proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes are invited, and panel proposals of three twenty-minute papers are also welcomed. For more on conference themes and information about how to submit your proposal, please see the conference website. The deadline for paper applications is 31st January 2018.

You can keep up to date with all the conference news on the 'A Century of Women MPs' website.