'Administrative Processes + Events = Documents' is a new video artwork which was commissioned by the Parliamentary Archives from Norwich based artist Nicola Naismith
The project was originally devised as part of Parliament’s 2012 'Arts in Parliament' activities and was designed to reflect some of the outreach work undertaken by the Parliamentary Archives during its 'People and Parliament: Connecting with Communities' programme. During 2009, as part of that programme, the Archives worked in partnership with Parliamentary Outreach, the Norfolk Record Office and a local community group in order to research the connections between five individuals named as Norfolk commissioners on the 1821 Land Tax Act (the longest Act of Parliament in the Parliamentary Archives) and Parliament. The resulting case study which describes the research that was undertaken can be found here.
In order to make the artwork the artist revisited the subject with members of the community group at both the Parliamentary Archives and the Norfolk Record Office. Inspired by the reactions of the group to the unique documentary material held by both repositories the artist has sought to explore the lives of the five commissioners through historical documents and photographs of contemporary sites.
The Parliamentary Archives is grateful for the assistance given by the Curator’s Office at the Palace of Westminster during this project.