Author Archives: Kathryn Rix

Police commissioner elections in the nineteenth century

The elections for police and crime commissioners taking place later this week across England and Wales may seem a novelty, but in fact this is not the first time that British voters have been called upon to decide between rival … Continue reading

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Naval MPs in the Victorian Commons

Trafalgar Day (21st October) seems a fitting date to note that the biographies already completed for the 1832-1868 project include several MPs who pursued careers in the navy before entering Parliament. These individuals were generally esteemed as representatives of a … Continue reading

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Politics and poetry: a blog post for National Poetry Day 2012

The declaration of the result of the poll following a contested election could sometimes be a violent event. James Walker, the newly returned MP for Beverley in January 1860, suffered ‘a good many hard knocks’ when his procession away from … 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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Constituencies available on our preview site

The 1832 Reform Act completely redrew the electoral map of Britain and Ireland. It removed many small corrupt boroughs and gave representation to growing industrial towns such as Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. However, small towns and county seats remained the … Continue reading

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Introducing the House of Commons, 1832-68 preview site

When it is completed the House of Commons, 1832-68 project will provide biographies of over 2,500 MPs and studies of more than 400 constituencies in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, offering an unprecedented resource for those interested in the social, … Continue reading

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PhD studentship opportunities – ‘Space and power in the nineteenth-century House of Commons’

The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and the History of Parliament Trust (HoP) are offering two three-year Collaborative Doctoral Awards (or five-year part-time) PhD studentships 2012-15 to work on the history of the Houses of Parliament and the parliamentary representative … Continue reading

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Welcome to the blog of the History of Parliament’s House of Commons, 1832-68 project, which will provide news of our ongoing research. This is the latest research project in the History of Parliament’s series of widely acclaimed scholarly reference works charting … Continue reading

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