UK Parliament Web Archive

The Parliamentary Archives have launched this new site developed in conjunction with Mirror Web at  http://webarchive.parliament.uk/ to provide access to historic information from the UK Parliament published on the web. It includes downloads of web sites and social media gathered from 2009 to the present. You can browse archived tweets from the accounts of Parliamentary bodies, watch YouTube videos released by Parliament, see a visual history on Flickr and look back through Instagram posts. In the Instagram archive you can meet Denison the Harris hawk, listen to a gay couple explaining the difference the Sexual Offences Act made to their lives, and find out how to order afternoon tea on the terrace.

The main collection of archived websites includes Lords and MPs’ biographies, deposited papers, research briefings, Early Day Motions, Bills before Parliament and much more. You can filter the list by department and there is a timeline for each site showing when it was archived.

The site comes with a keyword search capability and you can filter results by year and file type. A search on “football” returns 185,465 hits which can be reduced to 725 if you filter by file type pdf and year 2016.

The Parliamentary Archives are looking for user feedback and you will be invited to complete a simple two-question survey.

Jennie Grimshaw, Service and Content Lead for Government and Official Information, British Library

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UK Parliament beta search interface

Here is your chance to give the UK Parliament feedback on a new search interface available on a beta test site. More information is available on the Parliamentary Digital Service Blog about the new developments. The beta version will run alongside the original search page for several months eventually replacing it.
At the time of writing this post a single search box is available to enter text.  The search returns cannot be ordered in any way and you are not given any other options to filter the number of searches returned. The site will continue to make improvements over the next few months, I am sure the UK Parliament team would find feedback valuable.

Hannah Chandler, Bodleian Libraries

 

General Election 2017 – useful resources

Here is a selection of resources on the upcoming election that will take place on June 8th.

General Election 2017 topic page and timetable from the UK Parliament

A very good topic page Parliament and elections  can be found on Second Reading the House of Commons Library blog. There you will find a post on the  Constituency explorer ‘ an online data visualisation tool that allows statistical comparisons at a Parliamentary constituency, regional and national level. The tool uniquely provides UK-wide interactive data for parliamentary constituencies to provide a fascinating insight into the make-up of these areas.’

Always good for reliable information, the UK independent fact checking charity Full Fact

This is a great resource, use the Ordnance Survey’s ‘Election maps‘ for Great Britain and Northern Ireland to find out the electoral geography of the UK.

BBC’s ‘Policy pledge tracker‘ The manifestos are not out yet – this page offers a rundown of significant policy commitments made so far during the election campaign. It will be updated as new pledges are made.

Election Polling ‘is a UK polling website dedicated to the non-partisan discussion and analysis of electoral data in the United Kingdom and its regions.’

Electoral Calculus ‘an independent website which provides analysis, comment and predictions of general elections, polls and democracy.’

Democracy Candidates Club search by candidate name or postcode for further information on a candidate.

From Political Science Resources, a list of MPs who retired at the announcement of the 2017 General Election and a list of UK MPs 2015-2017 , which can be ordered by majority, surname or constituency.

The 2017 UK General Election website, ‘offering news, insight and analysis, a non-partisan website.’

Hannah Chandler, Bodleian Libraries Oxford

 

Brexit Brexit Brexit

There are some fantastic resources out there! In fact there is an awful lot out there! Below is not intended to be an exhaustive list but an introduction to some of the resources available at your finger tips…

From Parliaments/Assembly:

From the UK Parliament:   ‘European Union‘ and ‘Brexit: the next steps of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU‘ topic pages are a rich source of information.
Research Briefings produced by the House of Commons Library are very good at giving clear and concise explanations to complex subjects, for example, ‘Brexit: what impact on those currently exercising free movement rights?

Second Reading‘ the blog of the House of Commons Library has a page dedicated to Brexit.

SPICeBrexitWeekly  Weekly publication by the Scottish Parliament‘s Information Centre (SPICe) on the UK’s exit from the EU.

Brexit Update
 and blog from the National Assembly of Wales 

From Government:

The Department for Exiting the European Union is responsible for overseeing negotiations to leave the EU and establishing the future relationship between the UK and EU. You will find announcements and links to their publications, to include in full, the Prime Minister’s letter to Donald Tusk triggering Article 50.

Other resources: 

The History of the EU‘ timeline by Sally Mclaren, Inner Temple Library is particularly good. The timeline is clear, interactive, easy to navigate and not text heavy.  It is extremely useful to be able  to explore a complex subject in spacial terms. Links to relevant documents are available and the EU myths are delightful, for example, ‘EU forces farmers to give pigs toys’. A lot of time and thought has gone into this informative aid.

Brexit in Law pages from the UK’s independent fact checking charity, Full Fact.

The BBC published  ‘Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU‘ on the 29th March 2017.

There are many resources available online from academic institutions throughout the UK, too many to mention all but here is a flavour: the London School of Economics’ Brexit blog‘,  Queen’s Brexit resource guide,  Queen’s University, Belfast, European Futures,  University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Europa Institute and ‘Welsh Brexit/Brexit a Chymru‘, Cardiff University.

Hannah Chandler, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

 

 

UK Parliament Week 2016

UK Parliament Week is an annual programme of events aimed at engaging people from across the country with Parliament, its work and Members. The event began in 2011 and spans a week, this year’s event will be held from the 14-20 November 2016.

To see how your library can get involved visit  UK Parliament Week. For inspiration visit the ‘Past events‘ pages.