Dr Paul Seaward

History of Parliament Research

I’ve been director of the History since 2001, responsible for the smooth running, steady progress and quality of the History. Moving to the History followed a 13 year career as a clerk in the House of Commons, serving as Clerk of the Public Administration and Employment Committees, and in a number of procedural offices. Being director involves administration and meetings, rather than research, although I am – very slowly – writing entries for the House of Lords 1660-1715 volumes on the first Earls of Clarendon and Shaftesbury, and have undertaken just one interview for our current oral history project.

Research and Publications

My research has focussed on mid-to-late seventeenth century English politics and political thought and on parliament as an institution from the seventeenth century to the present day. Current research projects include a biography of the statesman and historian Edward Hyde, first Earl of Clarendon (1609-1674) and (together with Martin Dzelzainis, University of Leicester) an Oxford Edition of Clarendon’s works, including The History of the Rebellion, and The Life of Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon. I’m also planning a project on the place of Parliament within the British mind from the seventeenth century to the present day, including work on institutional memory such as the development of procedural memories and mythm