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People & Parliament transforming society

Parliament has frequently defined the relationship between the State and its citizens and so has often been at the very heart of change in society. Parliament at times has been a champion of advances in society, and at others has been the focal point of popular campaigns run by those frustrated by a lack of reforming legislation.

Falklands Conflict

Maps from Falkland Islands Economic Study by Lord Shackleton, September 1982. Parliamentary Archives, S/474

Parliament and the Second World War
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Find out about UK Parliament and WWII using historical and educational resources as well as information about Parliamentarians and the roles they played in the Second World War.

Living and Learning
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How Parliament worked with social reformers to improve our health, working conditions and education over the last two centuries

Trade and industry
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How Britain's economic development over the past 300 years was influenced by Parliament

Town and country
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The influence that local areas have had in developing their towns and countryside through legislation

Law and order
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Parliament's involvement in the development and modernisation of the nation's system of courts, policing and prisons

Private lives
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How Parliament has influenced and affected a range of aspects of our private lives, including the money we earn and our personal relationships

Vote 100

Vote 100

We're celebrating 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time. Find out how to get involved.

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Current project

This section of the website supports the People and Parliament: Connecting with Communities project.

Parliament is exploring how interaction between people and Parliament in the past has affected communities. By partnering with regional archives, local case studies are being created relating to the subjects covered in this section. These will be published here on the website.

Find out more about the project and details of how to join a case study group.

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