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Ballots and Bills conference

30th May 2015, Norfolk Record Office

This conference explores current research relating to Norfolk's Parliamentary past. It accompanies an exhibition of the same title which will be on display at Norfolk Record Office between 17th April and 17th July 2015. The exhibition explores the history of Norfolk's representation in Parliament, and focuses on the different types of election methods and movements towards political reform which have led to Parliament as we know it today.

Call for Papers

The conference explores the legacy and impact of Norfolk's connection with Parliament. Proposals for papers relating to any of the following themes are welcome:

  • Social change and the journey towards better representation – corporation reform, disenfranchisement, women's rights, Parliamentary reform, electoral reform, development of new electoral systems, workers' rights, legacy of local nonconformists.
  • Intersections between local industries and Parliamentary politics – agriculture, import/export, weaving/wool production etc, and legislation that regulated and protected these industries. 
  • Norfolk's political legacy – figures including Coke, Pepys, Walpole etc, as well as more recent figures including Dorothy Jewson. 
  • The relationship between local and Parliamentary politics. 
  • Cultural memory and legacy – preserving and collecting legacies.
  • Comparative studies using Norfolk and other areas of the UK are also welcomed, even if they do not have direct local relevance.

Papers that relate to the conference title and do not fit into these themes are also welcomed.

100-200 word abstracts should be submitted to Kirsty Fife at the Parliamentary Archives via email by 3rd March 2015.

Further information

Ballots and Bills is part of an extended programme of outreach programming by the Parliamentary Archives called the De Montfort Project. You can contact the De Montfort Project team via email or twitter.

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