Welcome to my blog. I’m Dr Mari Takayanagi, Senior Archivist at the Parliamentary Archives, heritage professional, and historian with particular expertise in women and Parliament in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

I was made an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association in July 2019 for my ‘significant contribution to the promotion and knowledge of history’. I’m delighted to have received this honour!

Historical Association awards

Watch me interviewed on Votes for Women: Suffragette Action in the Houses of Parliament on Daily Politics on 6 February 2018!

Watch my talk for TedX Whitehall Women!


Read my AdWeek interview with Diane Clehane!

Lunch at Michaels, with Diane Clehane

I completed my History PhD thesis, ‘Parliament and Women c. 1900-1945’ in 2012. The full thesis is online at the King’s Research Portal.

In 2018 I was joint project manager and co-curator for a major public exhibition ‘Voice and Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament’, for  Parliament’s Vote 100 project.

I’m a Champion for the First 100 Years project marking 100 years of women in the legal profession in 2019.

Find out more about me, my media appearances, watch my online talks and my publications.