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1 Parliaments past online : a review of sources Paul Seaward, Director, History of Parliament Trust Friday 23 rd May 2008

2 The Westminster Parliament: a very brief history 1212? 1236? 1258? 1265? 1295? Power to raise taxes; other legislation? England, Wales (1542), Scotland (1707), Ireland (1801) Bicameral, two chambers sitting separately: peers and Commons 1399; 1529; 1642; 1689; 1707; 1801; 1911

3 Parliamentary record keeping An outpost of the royal chancery c. 1497/1510: reform Eighteenth century reforms: publication The fire of 1834

4 The Parliamentary Record Decisions of Parliament –The parliament roll; statutes Proceedings of each House –Journals –Reports, resolutions etc. Related papers –Evidence, petitions, etc. Debates –Official record –Notes of debates Other material –The History of Parliament

5 Decisions The Statute Rolls: Statutes of the Realm ( ) –No coverage to 1625 as yet –www.british-history.ac.uk ( ) –www.parl18c.soton.ac.uk. ( ) –http://www.tannerritchie.com/catalogue.php ( ) The Parliament Rolls: PROME ( ) –http://www.sd-editions.com/PROME/home.html Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum ( ) –http://www.british-history.ac.uk Statutes at Large –www.parl18c.soton.ac.uk. ( ) OPSI –www.opsi.gov.uk/acts.htm (Some coverage after 1837)

6 Proceedings: Commons Journal 1547: Seymour 1680: the Votes and Proceedings Printed ; Continuous thereafter British History Online: history.ac.uk BOPCRIS:

7 Proceedings: Lords Journal 15 th century origins A series from 1510 What do they record? Printed by order of the House British History Online: history.ac.uk ( & ) BOPCRIS: ( )

8 Proceedings: ordered to be printed The Grand Remonstrance Collections: Husbands (1643, 1646); Rushworth (1659, 1680, 1686, 1700) C18th parliamentary papers: Reports (1773, 1803)

9 Related papers Often in official archives, but not printed by order of either House May be printed material: EEBO; ECCO

10 Debates, votes etc Accountability and the privacy of debate Private note-taking Historical collections: –www.british-history.ac.uk (DEwes, ; Townshend, ; Burton, , Grey, ; Chandler, ) –www.odl.ac.uk (Cobbett, ) Contemporary printings –www.parl18c.soton.ac.uk (Parliamentary Register, Debrett and Almon ) Hansard; and the official record (1909)

11 British History Online: history.ac.uk Statutes to 1713 Acts and Ordinances HL Journals to 1717 HC Journals to 1700 DEwes Proceedings Townshend Burton Diary (1650s) Grey Diary ( )

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14 Parliament Rolls of Medieval England: www.

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16 The History of Parliament Constituency histories Biographies Analysis Published already: the Commons , , (available via our website or Working on the Commons: , ; the Lords, ; shortly to take it beyond 1832 CD-Rom published 1999

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19 ns_and_archives/parliamentary_archives/arch ives_electronic.cfm Wouldnt it be helpful to have a portal?


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