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Vacancy: 

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant: House of Lords 1640-1660

Location:         London/work from home

Salary:             £29,988 (spine point 22)

Hours:             Full time

Contract type: The post is initially offered on a 12 month contract. It is expected that it will be extended for a further 12 months, depending on confirmation of the second year’s funding for the post.

The History of Parliament is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral research assistant for its new project on The House of Lords 1640-1660 under the editorship of Dr David Scott. The post is initially offered on a 12 month contract. The post is initially offered on a 12 month contract. It is expected that it will be extended for a further 12 months, depending on confirmation of the second year’s funding for the post. It is a full-time position, but the History is open to the possibility of part-time working.

The post will be primarily required to work on the various manuscript sources associated with the Lords Journals for the period 1640-9 and to collate this material with that in the printed Journals, the Main Papers and related sources, identifying and cataloguing omissions from the printed Journal and to analyse the process by which proceedings in the House were recorded and how this has shaped our understanding of parliamentary politics in the civil-war period. The postholder may be required to contribute to the work of the project and the History more generally, in terms of research, writing articles, and contributing to the academic and public engagement activities of the Trust.

The post is based at the History’s offices in Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NS, and will require the postholder to visit a variety of research sites, particularly in London. Staff at the History work on a flexible basis, however, and with the agreement of the director and editor staff may work from home when not working at an archive or library and when attendance in the office is not specifically necessary for meetings or other purposes. Travel expenses are not paid for journeys from home to central London.

Find full job description here.

Applications should consist of a completed application form; a letter of application, including a curriculum vitae and a list of publications. They should be sent as email attachments to Adam Tucker, Office Manager, History of Parliament, by 16 August, at atucker@histparl.ac.uk, stating the post applied for in the subject line of your email.

Download application form here.

Dr David Scott, the section editor, will be pleased to answer enquiries about the post: e-mail dscott@histparl.ac.uk. Shortlisted applicants may be required to undertake a short palaeography exercise as part of the interview process. It is intended to hold interviews in the week beginning 12 September.

Job Vacancy:

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT: HOUSE OF COMMONS 1461-1504 PROJECT

Location:         London/work from home

Salary:             £29,988 (spine point 22)

Hours:             Full time

Contract type: Fixed term. The post is initially offered on a 12 month contract. It is expected that it will be extended for a further 12 months, depending on confirmation of the second year’s funding for the post.

 

The History of Parliament is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral research assistant to join the small team working on its new project on The House of Commons 1461-1504 under the editorship of Dr Hannes Kleineke. The post is initially offered on a 12 month contract. It is expected that it will be extended for a further 12 months, depending on confirmation of the second year’s funding for the post. It is a full-time position, but the History is open to the possibility of part-time working.

The postholder will be required to undertake research in a variety of archives and libraries in order to compile and collate resources to be used by the section as a whole. The post is mainly designed to collect these resources in order to lay the foundations for the project, but the postholder may also be tasked with producing some biographies of Members of the Commons and constituency articles. The postholder may be required to contribute to the work of the project and the History more generally, in terms of research, writing articles, and contributing to the academic and public engagement activities of the Trust.

The post is based at the History’s offices in Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NS, and will require the postholder to visit a variety of research sites, in London and outside it. Staff at the History work on a flexible basis and with the agreement of the director and editor staff may work from home when not working at an archive or library and when attendance in the office is not specifically necessary for meetings or other purposes. Travel expenses are not paid for journeys from home to central London.

Full job details can be found here.

Applications should consist of a completed application form; a letter of application, including a curriculum vitae and a list of publications. They should be sent as email attachments to Adam Tucker, Office Manager, History of Parliament at atucker@histparl.ac.uk by 16 August 2022, stating the post applied for in the subject line of your email.

Download application form here.

Dr Hannes Kleineke will be pleased to answer enquiries about the post: email hkleinek@histparl.ac.uk. Shortlisted applicants may be required to undertake a short palaeography exercise as part of the interview process. It is intended to hold interviews in the week beginning 12 September.

On 21 June 2022 the IHR Parliaments, Politics and People seminar will be hosting a virtual seminar via Zoom with Dr Alison Daniell (University of Southampton). Alison will be answering questions on her paper '"Too many restrictions could not be thrown in the way of divorce": Attitudes to Women's Petitions for Divorce by Act of Parliament 1801-1831'. She will provide a brief summary of her pre-circulated paper, which can be downloaded here, before a question and answer session.

To receive Zoom details for the seminar you will need to sign up via the IHR event page (press ‘Book Now’).

The seminar will take place on Zoom at 17:15 on 21 June 2022. We acknowledge that work commitments, caring responsibilities and time zones may make attendance at the seminar difficult. If you find that you can only attend part of the session, please contact the convenors and we will do our best to prioritise your involvement. Likewise, if you find that you are unable to attend you can submit a question to seminar@histparl.ac.uk and the convenors will put you in touch with the speaker.

The History of Parliament has a vacancy for a Public Engagement Assistant to join our small but busy communications team to maintain and further develop our public presence via our websitesocial media and to contribute to the expansion of our projects and outreach activities in and through Parliament, education, and the voluntary sector.

The History of Parliament is one of the largest and most comprehensive research projects in British History.  Our published volumes provide summary biographies of Members of Parliament, surveys of politics and elections in each constituency, and introductory material, and so far cover periods from the fourteenth century to the nineteenth.  We are currently working on periods in the fifteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Most of our work has also been published on our website, which we are currently redeveloping and expanding. The project has an active presence on social media and undertakes a lively programme of events and outreach activities.

We’re looking for someone with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, a strong interest in history and some experience in writing for/managing non-personal social media and websites and other engagement and outreach activities. The appointment is offered initially on a fixed-term basis for two years, commencing on or before 1 October 2022.

 

Job title: Public Engagement Assistant

Reporting to: Public Engagement Officer

Salary: £26,112 (point 16)

This post is offered on a full-time basis, but The History of Parliament is open to the possibility of a 3/5 or 4/5 part-time appointment.

The post carries eligibility to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Annual leave is 30 working days excluding public holidays and dates in line with the closure of the Senate House offices of the University of London.

The post will consist of a combination of remote working and in-person office working at 18 Bloomsbury Square. The post-holder must be able to come into the office for a minimum of one day a week.

Click here for full job description and person specification.

To apply for this post complete the attached application form.

Please submit the form, along with your CV and a letter explaining how you match the requirements set out in the job description (letter max 500 words), to Adam Tucker at atucker@histparl.ac.uk by Friday 10 June 2022 at 5pm. Emails should entitled ‘Public Engagement Assistant application’.

Competition Information

The History of Parliament Trust will award a prize of £250 to the best undergraduate dissertation presented in 2022 on a subject relating to British or Irish parliamentary or political history.

Each university History department is invited to enter one dissertation which they consider to qualify.  They should send a digital copy of the entry to Connie Jeffery at cjeffery@histparl.ac.uk together with a completed entry form (see below). (Please note printed copies are no longer required to be submitted).

The closing date for receipt of entries is 30 September 2022.

Parliamentary History has agreed to consider publication in the Journal for the winning dissertation. The decision to publish or not will be at the discretion of the editor of Parliamentary History. They may ask for appropriate amendments if necessary.

Click here for full information and entry form.

For any queries, please contact: cjeffery@histparl.ac.uk.

On 10 May 2022 the IHR Parliament, Politics and People seminar will be a hosting a virtual seminar via Zoom with Robbie Johnston (University of Edinburgh). Robbie will be answering questions on his paper ‘The Union in Peril: The British Government and the Scottish Question in the Shadow of the Oil Crisis, c. 1973-1975’. Robbie will provide a brief summary of his paper before a question and answer session. You can access Robbie’s paper by signing up to the seminar and contacting seminar@histparl.ac.uk

 

To receive Zoom details for the seminar you will need to sign up via the IHR event page (press ‘Book Now’)

 

The seminar will take place on Zoom at 17:15 on 10 May 2022. We acknowledge that work commitments, caring responsibilities and time zones may make attendance at the seminar difficult. If you find that you can only attend part of the session, please contact the convenors and we will do our best to prioritise your involvement. Likewise, if you find that you are unable to attend you can submit a question to seminar@histparl.ac.uk and the convenors will put you in touch with the speaker.

On 22 March 2022 the IHR Parliament, Politics and People seminar will be a hosting a virtual seminar via Zoom with Donal Lowry (University of Oxford). Donal will be answering questions on his paper ‘The office of Governor as the Crown’s representative, symbolising `the permanence both of the authority of the Northern Ireland Government and the union with Great Britain’, 1921-73’. Donal will provide a brief summary of his paper before a question and answer session. You can access Donal’s paper via the links below.

 

To receive Zoom details for the seminar you will need to sign up via the IHR event page (press ‘Book Now’)

 

You can read Donal’s paper in PDF format (right click ‘save file as’)

 

The seminar will take place on Zoom at 17:15 on 22 March 2022. We acknowledge that work commitments, caring responsibilities and time zones may make attendance at the seminar difficult. If you find that you can only attend part of the session, please contact the convenors and we will do our best to prioritise your involvement. Likewise, if you find that you are unable to attend you can submit a question to seminar@histparl.ac.uk and the convenors will put you in touch with the speaker.

On 8 March 2022, the IHR Parliaments, Politics and People seminar, welcomes Amy Lim of St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.

Ahead of the session, read about Amy's research on portraits, patrons, and political networks in late Stuart and early Georgian England in this short paper.

Find out more about the seminar on our blog here.

On 8 March 2022 the IHR Parliament, Politics and People seminar will be a hosting a virtual seminar via Zoom with Amy Lim (University of Oxford). Amy will be presenting her paper ‘Portraits, patrons, and political networks in late Stuart and early Georgian England’ before a question and answer session. You can access an extended abstract of Amy’s paper via the links below.

 

To receive Zoom details for the seminar you will need to sign up via the IHR event page (press ‘Book Now’)

 

You can read Amy’s extended abstract in PDF format (right click ‘save file as’)

You can read more about Amy's research on the History of Parlimaent Blog

 

The seminar will take place on Zoom at 17:15 on 8 March 2022. We acknowledge that work commitments, caring responsibilities and time zones may make attendance at the seminar difficult. If you find that you can only attend part of the session, please contact the convenors and we will do our best to prioritise your involvement. Likewise, if you find that you are unable to attend you can submit a question to seminar@histparl.ac.uk and the convenors will put you in touch with the speaker.

 

On 22 February 2022 the IHR Parliament, Politics and People seminar will be a hosting a virtual seminar via Zoom with Simon Morgan (Leeds Beckett University). Simon will be answering questions on his paper ‘From ‘People’s Champions’ to ‘Tribunes of the People’: popular politicians in Parliament, c. 1810 to 1867’. Simon will provide a brief summary of his paper before a question and answer session. You can access Simon’s paper via the links below.

 

To receive Zoom details for the seminar you will need to sign up via the IHR event page (press ‘Book Now’)

 

You can read Simon’s paper in PDF format (right click ‘save file as’)

 

The seminar will take place on Zoom at 17:15 on 22 February 2022. We acknowledge that work commitments, caring responsibilities and time zones may make attendance at the seminar difficult. If you find that you can only attend part of the session, please contact the convenors and we will do our best to prioritise your involvement. Likewise, if you find that you are unable to attend you can submit a question to seminar@histparl.ac.uk and the convenors will put you in touch with the speaker.

On 25 January 2022 the IHR Parliament, Politics and People seminar will be a hosting a virtual seminar via Zoom with Mark Roodhouse (University of York). Mark will be answering questions on his paper ‘The Politics of Business & the Business of Politics: Messrs Watney & Powell and the Emergence of the Consultant Lobbyist in Britain, 1911-1993’. Mark will provide a brief summary of his paper before a question and answer session. You can access Mark’s paper via the links below.

 

To receive Zoom details for the seminar you will need to sign up via the IHR event page (press ‘Book Now’)

 

You can read Mark’s paper in PDF format (right click ‘save file as’)

 

The seminar will take place on Zoom at 17:15 on 25 January 2022. We acknowledge that work commitments, caring responsibilities and time zones may make attendance at the seminar difficult. If you find that you can only attend part of the session, please contact the convenors and we will do our best to prioritise your involvement. Likewise, if you find that you are unable to attend you can submit a question to seminar@histparl.ac.uk and the convenors will put you in touch with the speaker.

On 7 December 2021 the IHR Parliament, Politics and People seminar will be a hosting a virtual seminar via Zoom with Dr Douglas Kanter (Florida Atlantic University). Douglas will be answering questions on his paper ‘Gladstone and Ireland: A Financial Approach’. Douglas will provide a brief summary of his paper before a question and answer session. You can access Douglas’s paper via the links below.

 

To receive Zoom details for the seminar you will need to sign up via the IHR event page (press ‘Book Now’)

 

You can read Douglas’s paper in PDF format (right click ‘save file as’)

 

The seminar will take place on Zoom at 17:15 on 7 December 2021. We acknowledge that work commitments, caring responsibilities and time zones may make attendance at the seminar difficult. If you find that you can only attend part of the session, please contact the convenors and we will do our best to prioritise your involvement. Likewise, if you find that you are unable to attend you can submit a question to seminar@histparl.ac.uk and the convenors will put you in touch with the speaker.

On 23 November 2021 the IHR Parliament, Politics and People seminar will be a hosting a virtual seminar via Zoom with Dr Lyndsey Jenkins (Queen Mary University, London). Lyndsey will be answering questions on her paper ‘Housewives and the House: Labour Women MPs and ‘the housewife’ in Parliament, 1945-51’. Lyndsey will provide a brief summary of her paper before a question and answer session. You can access Lyndsey’s paper via the links below.

 

To receive Zoom details for the seminar you will need to sign up via the IHR event page (press ‘Book Now’)

 

You can read Lyndsey’s paper in PDF format (right click ‘save file as’)

 

The seminar will take place on Zoom at 17:15 on 23 November 2021. We acknowledge that work commitments, caring responsibilities and time zones may make attendance at the seminar difficult. If you find that you can only attend part of the session, please contact the convenors and we will do our best to prioritise your involvement. Likewise, if you find that you are unable to attend you can submit a question to seminar@histparl.ac.uk and the convenors will put you in touch with the speaker.

 

On 9 November 2021 the IHR Parliament, Politics and People seminar will be a hosting a virtual seminar via Zoom with Dr Alexandra Meakin (University of Leeds). Alexandra will be answering questions on her paper ‘Using the past to help us to understand the future of the Palace of Westminster’. Alexandra will provide a brief summary of her paper before a question and answer session. You can access Alexandra’s paper via the links below.

 

To receive Zoom details for the seminar you will need to sign up via the IHR event page (press ‘Book Now’)

 

You can read Alexandra Meakin’s paper in PDF format (right click ‘save file as’)

 

The seminar will take place on Zoom at 17:15 on 9 November 2021. We acknowledge that work commitments, caring responsibilities and time zones may make attendance at the seminar difficult. If you find that you can only attend part of the session, please contact the convenors and we will do our best to prioritise your involvement. Likewise, if you find that you are unable to attend you can submit a question to seminar@histparl.ac.uk and the convenors will put you in touch with the speaker.

MP and author Chris Bryant and Paul Seaward, the Director of the History of Parliament Trust, will be in conversation about Parliament and its history on 3 November at 18:00. This event is organised as part of UK Parliament Week 2021.


Chris’s two-volume history of Parliament, Parliament: The Biography appeared in 2014; since then he was published books about the history of the British aristocracy and about the group of ten gay MPs who worked to draw Britain in war with Germany in the 1930s. Paul Seaward is currently writing a thematic history of Parliament.

Join them as they discuss how to tackle parliament’s history, what it means to them and whether it matters to the politics of today.

Sign up here.

MP and author Chris Bryant and Paul Seaward, the Director of the History of Parliament Trust, will be in conversation about Parliament and its history, organised as part of UK Parliament Week 2021. The event will take place on 3 November 2021 at 18:00.


Chris’s two-volume history of Parliament, Parliament: The Biography appeared in 2014; since then he was published books about the history of the British aristocracy and about the group of ten gay MPs who worked to draw Britain in war with Germany in the 1930s. Paul Seaward is currently writing a thematic history of Parliament.

Join them as they discuss how to tackle parliament’s history, what it means to them and whether it matters to the politics of today.

Sign up here.