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Future Parliament: reform and restoration of the Palace of Westminster
Wed 20 April 2016, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
The proposed multi-billion pound refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster presents a rare one-in-150 year opportunity to reform the leading institution of our democracy. Join us at the first public debate on the subject as we explore what the wider legacy opportunities might be.
Chief Executive, Nesta
Professor Matthew Flinders
Director of the Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics at the University of Sheffield
Head of Creative Programming & Interpretation, Historic Royal Palaces
Chair: Dr Ruth Fox
Director and Head of Research, Hansard Society
But what about the wider legacy opportunities?
- The ways in which we communicate and work are changing, so how can we ‘future-proof’ Parliament so it is fit for the next generation and beyond?
- The pace of technological change is rapid but politics has struggled to keep up. Parliament now has an opportunity not just to catch up but to innovate and experiment – both in any temporary new facility and the refurbished building itself - so what might that involve?
- Spatial changes, even modest ones, can have a significant impact on the culture and working practices of an institution – so what might we want to change?
- What should the role of the public be in this process? Are there opportunities to create new ‘democratic space’ for enhanced engagement with citizens in the future?