Project Blog

Welcome to the project blog! Here you will find short articles created by members of the project team detailing new research, elements of the technical development process and our participation at conferences and events.

The Reformed House of Commons, 1833, by Sir George Hayter. Oil on canvas, 1833-34. © The National Portrait Gallery, London. NPG 54.
Monday 13th April 2015 | Rebekah Moore

Rebekah Moore of the Institute of Historical Research explains the significance of one of the last depictions of St Stephen’s before the 1834 fire, painted to commemorate the Great Reform Act of 1832.

John Wilkes, by William Hogarth. Etching, 1763. © The National Portrait Gallery, London. NPG D8506.
Tuesday 17th March 2015 | Dr Robin Eagles

Dr Robin Eagles of the History of Parliament Trust explores the political career of that champion of liberty John Wilkes MP, and the importance of Alice’s Coffee House to the workings of eighteenth century legislature.

Medieval seal of the College, from Brayley & Britton’s <em>Ancient Palace</em> (1836).
Tuesday 13th January 2015 | Dr James Jago

Dr James Jago explains the story behind the St Stephen’s Chapel Logo, and the enduring significance of St Stephen to the Palace of Westminster and this Project as a whole.

Examples of tiles from St. Stephen’s Hall. (© Parliamentary Estates Directorate)
Tuesday 18th November 2014 | Dr Mark Collins

Dr Mark Collins looks at the encaustic tiles in St. Stephen’s Hall, which have recently undergone a programme of conservation as part of an overall plan to repair the tile floors throughout the Palace of Westminster.

Victoria Tower, New Palace of Westminster. Photograph by Stephen Ayling, 1867. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London. 61:115.
Friday 17th October 2014 | Dr Martha Vandrei

Martha Vandrei considers the issues of national identity and stylistic association in the reconstruction of the Palace of Westminster following the 1834 fire.

The project's 'campaign map' of the medieval Palace.
Friday 19th September 2014 | Dr John Cooper

The impending first anniversary of starting work on the St Stephen’s project seems a good moment to pause and reflect. What have we achieved so far, and where will we be heading next?  What do I know about the role of Principal Investigator that I didn’t know when that marvellous email arrived from AHRC just over a year ago, informing us that we had been granted the money?  What kind of an impact is our project beginning to make?

Detail from 'Panorama of the Ruins of the Old Palace of Westminster', 1834, by George Scharf. © Palace of Westminster Collection (WOA 3793)
Monday 23rd June 2014 | Dr Caroline Shenton

Exploring the story behind George Scharf's 'Panorama of the Ruins of the Old Palace of Westminster', a painting of the Westminster ruins in the immediate aftermath of the fire of 1834.

Detail of St Stephen's Upper Chapel buttress, drawing in progress. © James Hillson 2014
Friday 6th June 2014 | Dr James Hillson

Find out more about the ongoing research into the architectural history of St Stephen's Chapel. This information then feeds into the production of accurate digital drawings, which will in turn inform the generation of 3D models.

Tuesday 27th May 2014 | Dr Elizabeth Hallam Smith (Chair)

Find out about the partnership between the St Stephen's Chapel project and the Houses of Parliament, written by Liz Hallam Smith - Director of Information Services and Librarian at the House of Lords and Chair of the project's executive board.

Monday 2nd December 2013 | Dr Elizabeth Biggs

A perspective from Elizabeth Biggs, a PhD student associated with the project whose task involves constructing a history of the college of canons at the chapel of St Stephen’s.