De Montfort Project

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The De Montfort Project was an outreach project run by the Parliamentary Archives as a strand within Parliament’s 2015 programme. Inspired by the 750th anniversary of the meeting of the De Montfort Parliament in 1265, the project consisted of a series of collaborative projects with regional archive services.

How did individuals contributed to the development of democracy? How have local areas been represented at Parliament throughout the past 750 years?

Project activities took place between April and December 2015 and included an exhibition, education workshops, lectures, community engagement events and a touring display. The archives we worked with were:

Case studies from the project have been published on Living Heritage:

If you would like to discuss working with the Parliamentary Archives on future outreach project, contact us via email.

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Parliament in the Making

2015: Parliament in the Making is a year-long programme of events, projects and resources recognising 800 years of democratic heritage. Further information can be found via the 2015 portal.

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@parliament750 is a new twitter feed run by the Parliamentary Archives. The twitter feed live tweets the narrative of Simon de Montfort's parliament and showcases partnership activities run as part of the De Montfort Project.

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