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Politics and Protest, 1102-1994

Politics and Protest, 1102-1994:From Major Party Politics to Popular Protest and Parliamentary History Trial Series

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Introduction

Politics and Protest provides students and researchers with a sweeping overview of British political history from the pre-Hansard era to the late-twentieth century. 

Many of the collections cover mainstream parties, including the Labour Party, Independent Labour Party, Social Democratic Party, Liberal Party, Liberal Democrats, and Scottish National Party, while others focus on extremist parties such as the British Union of Fascists

The records also cover extra-parliamentary groups and movements, with the suffragettes, Bryant and May strikers, trade unionists, and conscientious objectors all featured.

Dates Covered

1102-1994

Contributors

  • Bishopsgate Institute
  • C L R James Library, Hackney
  • Hull University Archives and others
  • Labour History Archive and Study Centre
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Mitchell Library, Glasgow
  • National Library of Scotland
  • National Secular Society
  • Senate House Library, University of London
  • The National Archives
  • The National Archives (UK); The British Library; University College London; London Metropolitan Archives.
  • Wakefield One

Collections

A painting of Lady Welby on the left sat down, with William Welby-Gregory stood on her right.

Licensed to access 19th and 20th Century Philosophy in Perspective

Contributor: Senate House Library, University of London Contents: 6 Volumes, 54 Documents (17,620 Pages)
Lady Victoria Welby-Gregory (1837-1912) was an English noblewoman and self-taught musician, artist, and philosopher of language. Welby-Gregory is most well-known...

Licensed to access Atheism and Anti-War Sentiments in the Bradlaugh Family, 1833-1948

Contributor: National Secular Society Contents: 5 Volumes, 62 Documents (15,378 Pages)
Charles Bradlaugh (1833-1891) was a co-founder of the National Secular Society and Editor of the National Reformer. He was responsible...
A black and white image of Clement Attlee addressing a crowd shortly after leading Labour to victory.

Licensed to access British Labour Party Papers, 1906-1969

Contributor: Labour History Archive and Study Centre Contents: 7 Volumes, 57 Documents (6,671 Pages)
The Labour Party was founded in 1900 to represent the interests of trade unions and working-class voters. In political terms,...
This is an image of James Callaghan, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on the left, and Max van der Stoel, Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the right. The men are both dressed in suits and are engaging in conversation. Photo taken 1975.

Licensed to access British Labour Party Papers, 1968-1994

Contributor: Labour History Archive and Study Centre Contents: 4 Volumes, 55 Documents (10,807 Pages)
The Labour Party was founded in 1900 to represent the interests of trade unions and working-class voters. In political terms, it...

Licensed to access British Parliamentary History, 1102-1803

Contributor: Wakefield One Contents: 12 Volumes, 205 Documents (113,100 Pages)
This collection contains manuscripts and records relating to the history of Parliament and British politics. It covers the most important...
An image of Oswald Mosley walking towards the camera. To the left of him are a line of people saluting to him.

Licensed to access The British Union of Fascists: 1933-1953

Contributor: The National Archives Contents: 6 Volumes, 53 Documents (7,862 Pages)
Though most often associated with the regimes of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Germany and Italy, fascism was also...
A cartoon from The Day's Doings, showing the police clashing with protesting match girls

Licensed to access British Women Trade Unionists on Strike at Bryant & May, 1888

Contributor: C L R James Library, Hackney Contents: 6 Volumes, 39 Documents (4,926 Pages)
The matchwomen who were employed by Bryant and May went on strike over their working conditions in 1888. Their strike...
Cartoon drawing shows a World War I veteran walking on his hands, dragging his entrails behind him. He approaches a man, who sits on a chair and leans over to give him a medal for his service as a soldier.

Licensed to access Conscientious Objection During World War 1

Contributor: Hull University Archives and others Contents: 2 Volumes, 13 Documents (6,888 Pages)
During World War One, Conscientious Objectors united to oppose the war despite the criticism they faced. Three of these anti-war...

Licensed to access Independent Labour Party Records, 1893-1960

Contributor: London School of Economics and Political Science Contents: 4 Volumes, 20 Documents (7,117 Pages)
The Independent Labour Party (ILP) was a British left-wing political party founded in 1893. The ILP was affiliated with the...

Licensed to access Liberal Party from Asquith to Ashdown, 1912-1988

Contributor: London School of Economics and Political Science Contents: 7 Volumes, 52 Documents (22,742 Pages)
See how war and alliances shaped the Liberal Party. These papers begin two years before H. H. Asquith took Britain...

Licensed to access Pandemics, Society, and Public Health, 1517-1925 Coming Soon

Contributor: The National Archives (UK); The British Library; University College London; London Metropolitan Archives. Contents: 4 Volumes, 254 Documents (47,024 Pages)
Charting the course and consequences of pandemics over five centuries, Pandemics, Society, and Public Health, 1517–1925 collates archival materials relating...
On the left is an image of the Statue of Robert the Bruce at Stirling Castle and on the right is the Scottish flag in the wind.

Licensed to access Scottish Nationalist Leaflets, 1844-1973

Contributor: National Library of Scotland Contents: 5 Volumes, 59 Documents (10,339 Pages)
The 1707 Acts of Union united the Scottish and English Parliaments to form the Parliament of Great Britain in the...
A black and white image of Suffragists demonstrating outside of a police court.

Licensed to access Scottish Women's Suffrage Movement, 1902-1933

Contributor: Mitchell Library, Glasgow Contents: 3 Volumes, 16 Documents (5,360 Pages)
The Glasgow and West of Scotland Society for Women's Suffrage was a non-militant movement running during the period 1902–1933. The...

Licensed to access Trade Unionism and the Chartist Movement, 1833-1910

Contributor: Bishopsgate Institute Contents: 12 Volumes, 137 Documents (28,734 Pages)
George Howell (1833-1910) was a prominent and well connected member of the labour movement during the growth of trade unions...
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