The People’s History Museum, Manchester; The History of Parliament; and Durham University are collaborating to host a conference on Parliaments and Popular Sovereignty on 3-4 November 2017.

The 150th anniversary of the 1867 Reform Act, which made important strides towards the inclusion of working people amongst the electorate, is an occasion for wider reflection on the claims for – and of – parliaments to be truly representative of the people. We wish to facilitate discussion across the traditional boundaries of early modern and modern history and to include the Irish parliament and legislatures of British colonies – as well as those excluded from them – alongside the houses of parliament in Westminster.

Our Call for Papers has now been released, you can see it here. Final date for paper submissions is 25 April 2017.

A conference charge of up to £60 (depending on pending funding applications) will be necessary to cover costs. Accepted paper-givers will be responsible for funding their own transport and accommodation costs. Final details will be published here when available.

Thanks to the generosity of the Royal Historical Society, a number of travel bursaries are available for postgraduate researchers. Deadline for applications is 25 April 2017. Please see Call for Papers for details about how to apply.