People and Parliament: Connecting with Communities

This outreach project is a partnership between the Parliamentary Archives and Parliamentary Outreach. Over the course of four years a series of regional activities explore the connections between people, communities and Parliament using the unique archival resources held by the Parliamentary Archives and five other archive services.

How have people influenced Parliament?

How has Parliament affected communities?

The archive services we are working with are:

The results of these activities are published as case studies within the People and Parliament transforming society section of Living Heritage  on the Parliamentary website.

Norfolk

The first regional activity took place at Norfolk Record Office in July 2009.  Further events took place in Norfolk between January and March 2010. Find out more about what we found out by visiting our case studies:

During 2012, as part of the Arts in Parliament programme, Nicola Naismith revisited the History Detectives group in Norwich as Artist in Residence, looking at the Land Tax Commissioners. She created a video artwork that was inspired by the reaction of the group to the unique material documenting the five of the Land Tax Commissioners held at Norfolk Record Office and Parliamentary Archives.

Birmingham

Our next regional partner was Birmingham Archives and Heritage.  Here a group of adults investigated Birmingham's links with the nineteenth century Parliamentary reform movement, and a group of school children and young adults found out about the area's associations with the suffragette movement.  See what they found out by visiting our case studies:

Kent

Our next regional partner was Kent History and Library Centre. We worked with Marden History Group to look at the impact of the South Eastern Railway on the community of Marden in Kent.

Glamorgan

We then worked with Glamorgan Archives to look into the history of Cardiff Bay. You can see the case study webpages and watch our Time and Tide YouTube videos.

During 2012, as part of the Arts in Parliament programme, Trevor Woolery revisited the Time and Tide group in Glamorgan as Artist in Residence. He created an artwork that was inspired by the reaction of the group to the unique material documenting the development of Cardiff Docks held at Glamorgan Archives and Parliamentary Archives.

Tyne & Wear

Finally we worked with Tyne & Wear Archives to investigate public health in Sunderland in the 19th century. Here is our YouTube video about the project, and the case study webpages.

We look forward to working with all our regional partners more in future.

Administrative Processes + Events = Documents

Please click below to view Administrative Processes + Events = Documents

Administrative Processes + Events = Documents was created by Nicola Naismith, our Artist in Residence as part of the Arts in Parliament project. 

Administrative Processes + Events = Documents by Nicola Naismith

Find out more

You can find out more about the project by clicking on the links below:

Nicola Naismith's artist's statement

About Administrative Processes + Events = Documents

Sea of Words

Please click below to view Sea of Words

Sea of Words was created by Trevor Woolery, our Artist in Residence as part of the Arts in Parliament project. 

Still from Sea of Words

 Sea of Words by Trevor Woolery

Find out more

You can find out more about project by clicking on the links below:

Trevor Woolery's artist's statement

About Sea of Words

Time and Tide videos

Please click below to watch videos of our Communities project, Time and Tide.

This project was in partnership with Glamorgan Archives, Mount Stuart Primary School and Grangetown Local History Society. The films were made by staff and students from Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Glamorgan.

Mount Stuart Primary School video

Mount Stuart Primary School explore the history of Cardiff Bay 

Grangetown Local History Society video

Grangetown Local History Society investigates the history of Cardiff Docks

Website highlight

Explore the connections between people, communities and Parliament in more detail by visiting the Living Heritage area of the parliamentary website

Join a case study group

If you live near one of the archive services we are working with and are interested in taking part in the future activities contact us at [email protected]