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The History of Parliament Trust is delighted to invite you to our annual lecture on Wednesday 20th March in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster, from 6pm to 8:30pm.

Paul Seaward will give this year's lecture, 'Time and the Commons, or a Brief History of Parliamentary Time'.

It is no accident that the most familiar symbols of Parliament are its clock and its bell, which (with their predecessors) have marked time in central London for hundreds of years.

All institutions are defined by time, in one way or another: Government and Parliament are driven by cycles of elections, annual sessions, and the legislative timetable. But the sense of the pressure of time is especially pervasive in political assemblies. Time is the resource that Parliament spends; battles such as those over the ‘obstruction’ of the Irish party in the 1880s or resistance to Liberal reforms after 1906 underline that the opportunity both to spend it, and to stop it being spent, are the keys to control of what it does.

This lecture looks at how governments, oppositions and individual members have tried since the sixteenth century to manage or manipulate the time available, and how their efforts have been constrained and moulded by many other ways of spending (and misspending) it.

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Paul Seaward is British Academy/Wolfson Foundation research professor at the History of Parliament for a project on the history of Parliament as an institution over five hundred years; Reformation to Referendum. This takes a thematic approach, based around concepts of time, space, memory, cultures and leadership. He was the History of Parliament's Director from 2001 to 2017 and previously a House of Commons clerk for thirteen years.


Attendance is free, but you must register here in order to attend. Visitors to Portcullis House are advised to bring their ticket and photo ID. Please note that you will have to go through airport-style security to gain entrance to Parliament; we recommend arriving 20 minutes before the start of the event - at busy times there is often a queue. For more information on security and gaining access to the parliamentary estate please click here.

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