Parliamentary history online in Living Heritage

By Rachel Hayward | 26 March 2010
Showing two statues of British Prime Ministers Gladstone and Churchill in suits with the text Living Heritage

(Above) Living Heritage online resource from Parliament. Courtesy Parliament

News: Explore Parliament's history with Living Heritage, Parliament's new online history resource. It will give you and your students a great insight into the political, social and cultural roles Parliament has played in the development of British society and covers aspects of programmes of study in both Citizenship and History.

You can find out about the building and its collections, the evolution of Parliament and how people and Parliament have transformed society. Each section of the resource contains a series of topics, including people and parliament transforming society, the education system and women and the vote, and are accompanied by the key dates, research suggestions, interviews with experts, the contemporary context and documents and objects from Parliament's archives and art collections.

Showing a girl and women in the early 20th century marching in the street and carrying placards demanding votes for women

Living Heritage from Parliament features a wealth of online original source material, including photos and documents. Courtesy Parliament

We particularly recommend the rich archive material available on the site. For example, your pupils can see original sources such as a police report for Emily Davison, the Suffragette who later died as a result of her injuries sustained on the race course at the 1913 Epsom Derby. The report details the time she hid in a ventilation shaft in the House of Commons. When asked what she was doing there, Davison replied: "I want to ask a question in the House of Commons".

This resource is a great example of non-stuffy history for your class. And while we're not condoning Davison's extreme methods of getting her message across, it could set you thinking about how to engage your pupils further in active citizenship.

For more resources and information about Parliament's education service, please click on the link.

Can we also bring to your attention another excellent campaigning resource called Campaign: Make an Impact? This MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives) programme, funded through DCMS/DCSF Strategic Commissioning, provides a practical step-by-step guide on the British Library website to enable children and young people to run their own campaigns about issues which affect them today.

More on the venues and organisations we've mentioned:
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