People and Parliament: Connecting with Communities is a four year project exploring the connections between people, communities and Parliament. The project is being launched by an exhibition in Westminster Hall between 3 July and 20 September 2009.
On display will be documents, photographs, images and archive film from Birmingham Archives and Heritage, Centre for Kentish Studies, East Anglian Film Archive, Glamorgan Record Office, Norfolk Record Office, Northern Region Film & Television Archive, Palace of Westminster Collection, Parliamentary Archives and Tyne & Wear Archives.
The exhibition seeks to answer questions such as:
- How did we get the vote?
- How has Parliament shaped our urban and rural landscapes?
- How have People and Parliament affected the livelihoods of communities?
- What part has Parliament played in the building of our transport network?
The centrepiece exhibit is the 1821 Land Tax Act which is the longest Act of Parliament held by the Parliamentary Archives. The Act, which is made up of over 700 sheets of parchment stitched end to end is 348 metres long and contains the names of approximately 65,000 commissioners who were appointed to supervise the assessment and collection of the land tax.
Admission is free and opening times are:
- Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm (3 July - 18 September)
- Saturday: 10am to 5pm (8 August - 19 September)
- Sunday: 10am to 4pm (20 September only)
There is a special Saturday opening on 25 July from 10am to 5pm to mark the London 2012 Open Weekend - a series of events taking place across the country to encourage access to excellence in the arts, culture and sport, and which celebrates three years to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The exhibition will be closed on 31 August 2009
Find out more about the People and Parliament: Connecting with Communities project
People and Parliament: Connecting with Communities exhibition launches a major four year Parliamentary Outreach project which will see a series of regional activities taking place across the country between 2009 and 2012.
Find out more about the work of Parliamentary Outreach