Edward III commands the building of St Stephen’s Chapel

Welcome to the online home of this major AHRC-funded research project (October 2013 to September 2016), exploring the history of a building at the heart of the political life of the nation for over seven centuries.

Our project is founded upon partnerships with the Palace of Westminster, the History of Parliament Trust and the Institute of Historical Research.

The research team is headed by Principal Investigator Dr John Cooper, at the University of York, with Co-Investigators Professor Tim Ayers and Professor Miles Taylor.

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Chorus vel Organa Cover Artwork, 2016. © Delphian Records Ltd.
Fri 20th May, 2016

The Project is delighted to announce the release of a new recording of early Tudor music, some of which was written for St Stephen's Chapel immediately before the Reformation.

The Tudor masonry river wall and thirteenth-century timbers in the course of excavation in Black Rod’s Garden. © Parliamentary Estates Directorate Archive.
Fri 13th May, 2016

In this month’s blog post, Dr Mark Collins, Archivist and Historian of the Parliamentary Estates Directorate, explores recent archaeological discoveries at the Palace of Westminster. Excavations by Museum of London Archaeology in Black Rod’s garden uncover evidence for the Tudor riverfront of the medieval palace, timber posts and fragments of high-status encaustic tile.

Commemorative Medal of the Battle of Dunbar, by Thomas Simon, 1650. Metal, 24×22mm. © The Trustees of the British Museum, London, MB1 P391.13.
Mon 9th May, 2016

Our Principal Investigator, John Cooper, shares his thoughts and the latest Project Research with Mark D’Arcy, in a dedicated slot on BBC Radio Four’s Today in Parliament.

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