Monthly Archives: September 2012

William Fox Talbot MP: the inventor of photography

The inventor of photography William Fox Talbot died one hundred and thirty-five years ago today. A man of many talents, Talbot made distinguished contributions to maths, physics, botany, archaeology, and astronomy. What is less well known is that Talbot was … Continue reading

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Cabinet reshuffles and ministerial by-elections in the 19th century

Following last week’s Cabinet reshuffle, several ministers will be getting to grips with the challenges of their new departments. However, unlike the nineteenth century, they are at least spared the extra burden of seeking renewed endorsement from their constituents. Under … Continue reading

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Seminars for autumn 2012 at the Institute of Historical Research

This term’s programme for the ‘Parliaments, Politics and People’ seminar, held at the Institute of Historical Research, is now available here. Caroline Shenton of the Parliamentary Archives will be speaking on 6 November on ‘The day Parliament burned down’, the … Continue reading

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Quantitative easing in 19th century Britain

Since 2008 governments and central banks have resorted to a variety of unconventional policies to revive flat-lining economies. With interest rates already at historic lows, central banks have used Quantitative Easing or QE to inject money into stricken economies. In … Continue reading

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