Parliament Week – take part in the celebration of our political heritage!

If your organisation has any collection objects or stories about Parliamentarians, political protests, Reform, the Civil War, the Poor Laws, Chartists, or any kind of social or political movement for change … have you thought about taking part in Parliament Week?

Portrait of St. Thomas Becket, reassembled from fragments by Samuel Caldwell Jr in 1919. Becket Window 1 (n. VII) in the north aisle of the Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral.

Culture24’s Network Officer Ruth Harper has more information:

With a little under two months to go, now is the time to get registered for this year’s celebration, which is a growing, nation-wide event with a high profile within Westminster.

It is supported by national media coverage and co-ordinated by the House of Commons and the House of Lords – it has the simple aim of raising awareness of democracy and democratic institutions in the UK.

We’d love to hear from anyone who has interesting stories, objects or connections to political history in the UK – from copies of the Magna Carta to the Occupy movement, via the English Civil War. If you have anything in your collection about UK Parliament and Democracy now is the time to shout about it.

Getting involved can mean doing something as simple as holding a brief talk about something interesting in your collection, a short curator or volunteer-led tour or discussion or giving a children’s activity day a democratic twist!

If you’re interested and would like to talk to the friendly team at Culture24 about what might be possible, email ruth@culture24.org.uk or call 01273 623278.

To find out more, simply head to the Parliament Week website: http://www.parliamentweek.org/about/ and if you have an idea for an event you can get started by following this link to the partner registration form: https://culture24.wufoo.eu/forms/parliament-week-partner-registration/

Finally if you need any help with ideas – just give us a call. It’s easier than you think to take advantage of this growing campaign.

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