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Oral History Project


The History of Parliament’s oral history project is working with the British Library with the generous support of Dods, publishers of Dods Parliamentary Companion, to create a sound archive of British politics since 1945. We plan to interview as many former Members of Parliament as possible on their careers and political experiences. We have now interviewed over fifty former MPs and the first of these interviews are available in the British Library.

Parallel with the project, Dods commissioned Michael Waller-Bridge to create photographic portraits of some of those whom we interviewed. An exhibition, facilitated by the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art, of a selection of these photographic portraits was held in Portcullis House from 15th April - 2 May 2013.

Featured on these pages are some of the former MPs who have now been interviewed, together with Michael Waller-Bridge's portraits of them (although while there is a portrait of Jack Ashley, Lord Ashley, he sadly died before we were able to interview him). Each page contains a brief biography, a brief clip from the interview as well as a full summary. The full interviews can be heard in the British Library. This archive is growing and as it does so more MPs will be added.

For more on our oral history project, and how you can get involved, see here.