Online talks

Available online:

Feb 2023: Guest on Kids Law podcast, Who makes the law and what do animal skins have to do with Acts! (29 mins) Interviewed by 11 year old Alma-Constance about Parliamentary history and the archives on Parliament, particularly the original Acts of Parliament, and what they have to do with children.

Kids Law, series 3, episode 6 advert with headshot of Mari Takayanagi senior Parliamentary Archivist and Historian
Kids Law podcast – Who makes the law and what do animal skins have to do with Acts!

Jan 2023: Guest on Outside the Box podcast, The Parliamentary Archives: Breaking into the Corridors of Power (1 hour), talking about suffrage petitions, suffragette militancy, and the early women MPs. For the Archives and Records Association / Explore Your Archives campaign.

Nov 2022: Online tour of the Parliamentary Archives and the Victoria Tower: two versions, Online tour of the Parliamentary Archives and the Victoria Tower with subtitles and Online tour of the Parliamentary Archives and the Victoria Tower with British Sign Language

Nov 2022: ‘The Life Peerages Act 1958 and the admission of women to the House of Lords‘, conference paper for The Neglected Decade: legal issues of the 1950s. My bit starts at 33:41 and runs for 17 mins.

2018-2020: Interviews for Royal Holloway History Hub videos on women’s suffrage. Includes:

Unfinished Business: the 1928 Equal Franchise Act | Votes for Women

The start of the ‘Votes for Women’ campaign | The 1866 Petition

The Speaker’s Conference, 1916-17, and Votes for Women | Women’s Suffrage | Reforming Parliament

The Act that gave Women the Vote | The Representation of the People Act 1918

Royal Holloway Equal Franchise screengrab

Dec 2019 – What was the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919? – one of a series of Royal Holloway History Hub videos marking the 100th anniversary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, with fellow historians Katie Broomfield, Anne Logan and Helen Glew. You can watch them all from here– they’re all linked from the end of the video and on the YouTube page.

Dec 2019 – talking head on Retaining women at the Bar. 1919 – 2019: is the past inhabiting the present? For Behind the Gown, a group of barristers committed to tackling harassment at the Bar.

February 2018 – Talk at Murray Edward College, Cambridge, on ‘Beyond the Militant Myth: the Voice and Vote exhibition’ (4:43  long)

February 2018 – Talk in Dublin on ‘What Happened at Westminster? Men, Women and the Representation of the People Act 1918’, in this programme on Oireachtas TV: Vótáil 100 Episode 1, Mná san Oireachtas – Co-sponsored academic conference between the Royal Irish Academy and the Houses of the Oireachtas (my bit aprox 38:00-52:00)

December 2017 – Talk for TedX Whitehall Women on ‘Ventilator, Cage and Tomb‘ – women and Partliament over the last 200 years (10 mins long)

November 2016 – contribution to a panel on ‘Women and the 21st century Parliament‘ for Parliament Week – my bit (on women in the 19th and 20th century Parliament) runs 9:00-15:15

February 2016 – contributor to Nancy Astor: the first woman to sit in the House of Commons 1919-1945, video by UK Parliament in partnership with the University of Reading.

June 2016 – Parliamentary Sources and Processes: Tracing an Act of Parliament – talk for Women’s Legal Landmarks at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (my talk is the first 25 minutes of this video)

March 2014 – Women Staff in Parliament during the First and Second World Wars – talk for Women’s History Month

April 2014 – Parliament and Suffragettes – Open Lecture for Parliamentary Outreach and the University of Exeter (marking the 50th anniversary of Exeter’s Politics department)

2008 – The significance of 1958 and Parliament’s suffragette banner from 1908 – interview marking the 50th anniversary of the Life Peerages Act 1958

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