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Background imageDemocracy Collection: Brudenell Magna Carta

Brudenell Magna Carta
The Brudenell Magna Carta, document on vellum, dated 12 October 1297, with a substantial fragment of the Great Seal of Edward I. The original Magna Carta was issued in Latin in 1215

Background imageDemocracy Collection: 10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street
The entrance to 10 Downing Street as it was in the 1990s before the massive security that followed 9/11. Date: circa 1990s

Background imageDemocracy Collection: First to fight - Democracys vanguard US Marine Corps - Join

First to fight - Democracys vanguard US Marine Corps - Join now and test your courage - Real fighting with real fighters. Poster showing marines storming a beach. Date 1917

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Cartoons, The Great Chartist Demonstration

Cartoons, The Great Chartist Demonstration -- No. IX, The Beginning and the End. 1848

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Cartoon, Britannia between Scylla & Charybdis

Cartoon, Britannia between Scylla & Charybdis, or, the Vessel of the Constitution steered clear of the Rock of Democracy, and the Whirlpool of Arbitrary Power, by James Gillray

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Bugandan Royalty (card 1 of 2)

Bugandan Royalty (card 1 of 2)
Card 1 of 2. The young King Daudi Cwa II of Uganda, seated on his elaborate golden throne (topped with a very British crown!), holding a staff of office, with his feet on a cheetah skin

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Parthenon. Athens. Greece

Parthenon. Athens. Greece
Greece. Athens. Parthenon. 447-438 BC. in Doric style under leadership of Pericles. The building was designed by the architects Ictinos and Callicrates. Acropolis

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Athens. Panoramic view of the Acropolis. Parthenon

Athens. Panoramic view of the Acropolis. Parthenon. Attica. Central Greece

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Athens. Panoramic view of the Acropolis at night

Athens. Panoramic view of the Acropolis at night. Attica. Central Greece

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Members of St Kilda Parliament, Isle of Harris, Scotland

Members of St Kilda Parliament, Isle of Harris, Scotland
Members of the St Kilda Parliament, Isle of Harris, Scotland. It was an informal, democratic group of men who met on a regular basis in the village street to agree on any work to be done

Background imageDemocracy Collection: All out for defense of democracy: Informed opinion counts

All out for defense of democracy: Informed opinion counts. Poster showing factories, ships, airplanes, and buildings with a bald eagle spreading its wings above all. Date between 1935 and 1943

Background imageDemocracy Collection: To speak up for democracy, read up on democracy

To speak up for democracy, read up on democracy. Poster showing three men conversing at a table with books, with an American flag and founding father in the background. Date between 1935 and 1943

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Election Returns, USA

Election Returns, USA
A crowd gathers outside the office of the New York Herald newspaper to read the election returns; they have to be kept in order by police officers

Background imageDemocracy Collection: 3rd Marq / Salisbury / Russe

3rd Marq / Salisbury / Russe
Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne- Cecil, third marquis of SALISBURY statesman, prime minister, not very keen on democracy

Background imageDemocracy Collection: King John signing the Magna Carta

King John signing the Magna Carta. 1215

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Alphabet of Democracy, America, Britain, China, Dutch, WW2

Alphabet of Democracy, America, Britain, China, Dutch, WW2
Alphabet of Democracy, America, Britain, China, Duch, WW2, American postal cover envelope Date: 1944

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Cartoon, Women's Suffrage - John Bull and Mrs Bull

Cartoon, Women's Suffrage - John Bull and Mrs Bull
Political cartoon, Women's Suffrage - John Bull and Mrs Bull in conflict over the franchise Date: 1891

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Cartoon, Strike while the Iron's Hot! Women's Suffrage

Cartoon, Strike while the Iron's Hot! Women's Suffrage
Political cartoon, Strike while the Iron's Hot! Women's Suffrage Date: 1891

Background imageDemocracy Collection: King William IV proroguing Parliament

King William IV proroguing Parliament, House of Lords, April 1831, during the Great Reform crisis - My lords and gentlemen, I have come to meet you for the purpose of proroguing this Parliament'

Background imageDemocracy Collection: German elections 1912

German elections 1912
Illustration showing how inside the Reichstag is divided and how the German parities were decided at the dissolution. The above view shows the semi-circular floor of the House

Background imageDemocracy Collection: William Shirley Roy David Owen Headquarters 1981

William Shirley Roy David Owen Headquarters 1981
william, shirley, roy, david, owen, headquarters, 1981, social, democratic, party, founders.bill, rodgers, williams, jenkins, politics, sdp, centre, democracy, history, historical, 10644725

Background imageDemocracy Collection: George Thomas, British Labour Party politician

George Thomas, British Labour Party politician
Thomas George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy (1909-1997), British Labour Party politician, MP from 1945 to 1983, best known as Speaker of the House of Commons from 1976 to 1983

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Keir Hardie, socialist politician, giving a speech, London

Keir Hardie, socialist politician, giving a speech, London
James Keir Hardie (1856-1915), Scottish socialist politician and labour leader, a founder of the Independent Labour Party and of the British Labour Party

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Len Murray Tuc Trades Union Congress Lionel Baron

Len Murray Tuc Trades Union Congress Lionel Baron
len, murray, tuc, trades, union, congress, lionel, baron, epping, forest, 1922, 2004, british, labour, socialist, socialism, politics, political, politician, trade, leader, kemal, daysal, turkish

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Cartoon, Political Kidnapping (Electoral Reform)

Cartoon, Political Kidnapping (Electoral Reform)
Cartoon, Political Kidnapping -- a satirical comment on the transfer of the electoral reform initiative from the Liberals (Lord John Russell) to the Conservatives (Lord Derby)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Cartoon, The Dryads of Disfranchisement

Cartoon, The Dryads of Disfranchisement -- a satirical comment on threatened constituencies and their respective MPs (Totnes, Wakefield, Yarmouth, Calne and Wells)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Cartoon, Amusement Combined with Instruction (Reform)

Cartoon, Amusement Combined with Instruction (Reform)
Cartoon, Amusement Combined with Instruction -- a satirical comment on parliamentary disagreements between Gladstone and Disraeli over the latters Reform Bill. 1867

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Cartoon, A Great Demonstration

Cartoon, A Great Demonstration -- satirical comment on the Chartist movement, depicting a Chartist leader backing down immediately when a magistrate tells him that his proposed demonstration will not

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Reform and Anti-Reform

Reform and Anti-Reform
Reform Bill - Reform and Anti-Reform - depiction of a naval battle between two ships, with the Reform ship winning. " The Portraits of the King, Lords Brougham, Russell, Grey

Background imageDemocracy Collection: First female member of Parliament, Anna Rogstad, April 1911

First female member of Parliament, Anna Rogstad, April 1911
Front cover of the Sphere showing Anna Rogstad the first female member of Parliament in the world as she takes her place in the Nowegian Storting

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Women recording votes for the General Election 1955

Women recording votes for the General Election 1955
Women recording the General Election votes, 26 May 1955, in Brixton town hall, London. The 1955 General Election, often described as one of the dullest of the post-war period

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Mrs Dora Montefiore, suffragist, in court

Mrs Dora Montefiore, suffragist, in court
Mrs Dora Montefiore (1851-1933), English-Australian womens suffragist, socialist, poet, and autobiographer, seen here in court on 31 October 1913. 1913

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Westgate Hotel and Mayors House, Newport, Wales

Westgate Hotel and Mayors House, Newport, Wales
Westgate Hotel and Mayors House. Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, after the Chartist Riot of 4 November 1839. 1839

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Womens interest in the 1918 General Election

Womens interest in the 1918 General Election: queuing outside the Queens Hall during the meeting of David Lloyd George. 1918

Background imageDemocracy Collection: BIG BOSS

BIG BOSS
Democracy - Depicting a vulture over looking workers while sitting upon a human skull 1941

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Holloway and Suffragette

Holloway and Suffragette
Holloway prison... We place them on plank beds and very low diet, To stop all their din, We just run them in, Into this house that man built. Date: circa 1910

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Cartoon, Bottoms Dream (Republicanism)

Cartoon, Bottoms Dream (Republicanism)
Cartoon, BOTTOMS DREAM -- Nick Bottom (the working-man): I have a dream... [I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream Bottoms Dream because it hath no Bottom

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Cartoon, A Physical Force Chartist Arming for the Fight

Cartoon, A Physical Force Chartist Arming for the Fight. Satirical comment on Chartism. Date: 1848

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Charles Stewart Parnell re-elected

Charles Stewart Parnell re-elected
Charles Stewart Parnell is re-elected as leader of the Irish Party, in Committee Room 15 at the House of Commons, Central London. Date: 25 November 1890

Background imageDemocracy Collection: WW2 - Bomb Damage to Houses of Parliament, London

WW2 - Bomb Damage to Houses of Parliament, London
In the course of the German bombing of London during the Second World War, the Palace of Westminster was hit by bombs on fourteen separate occasions

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Force feeding a suffragette (cartoon)

Force feeding a suffragette (cartoon)
A cartoon depicting a suffragette being force fed in a prison cell. Two men, a prison warder and a doctor, hold the woman down with the help of a large weight (one hundredweight)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Pompeii as it was and is by Matania

Pompeii as it was and is by Matania
The last election in Pompeii, 2000 years ago, before the eruption of Vesuvius, as envisaged by the Sphere special artist and expert in historical reconstruction, Fortunino Matania

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Kossuth Memorial, 1952. By Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl (1884-1

Kossuth Memorial, 1952. By Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl (1884-1
Lajos Kossuth (1802-1894). Hungarian politician and Regent-President of Hungary. Kossuth Memorial, 1952. By Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl (1884-1975). Budapest. Hungary

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Greek Art. Parthenon (447-438 BC). Entablature. Acropolis. A

Greek Art. Parthenon (447-438 BC). Entablature. Acropolis. A
Greek Art. Parthenon. Was built between 447-438 BC. in Doric style under leadership of Pericles. The building was designed by the architects Ictinos and Callicrates

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Greek Art. Parthenon (447-438 BC). Acropolis. Athens. Attica

Greek Art. Parthenon (447-438 BC). Acropolis. Athens. Attica
Greek Art. Parthenon. Was built between 447-438 BC. in Doric style under leadership of Pericles. The building was designed by the architects Ictinos and Callicrates. Acropolis. Athens. Attica

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Spanish Constitution promulgated by Juan Carlos

Spanish Constitution promulgated by Juan Carlos I on December 27, 1978. Front cover

Background imageDemocracy Collection: ENDARA, Carlos Manuel (1827 - 1924). The Republic

ENDARA, Carlos Manuel (1827 - 1924). The Republic of Ecuador in 1860 foretold. 1900. Eloy Alfaro (with hat), future prime minister

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Spain (1873). First Republic

Spain (1873). First Republic
Spain (1873). The national Assembly proclamates the First Republic (11th February 1873). Etching



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