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.

Learn more about the 'St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster' project.
Meet the 'St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster' project team.
Explore insights into project progress and the research/development process from our team.
View the various colloquia, conferences and exhibitions scheduled in the Project's calendar.

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Wed 20th Jul, 2016

In this month's blog post, Dr Caroline Shenton, author of The Day Parliament Burned Down explains the significance of the Palace of Westminster's latest artwork, Mary Branson's New Dawn.

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Fri 24th Jun, 2016

Our project draws to a close with a major conference that will present the results of our three-year project to explore the history of a building at the heart of the political life of the nation for over 700 years. The conference will be held on 19th-20th September 2016 at the Palace of Westminster.

Mon 20th Jun, 2016

In this month's blog post, Jennifer Caddick of the University of York explores the use of the medieval Place of Westminster's Painted Chamber as the meeting place for parliaments. How did its lavishly decorated walls inspire and inform proceedings?

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