Citizenship - a history of people, rights and power in Britain
The National Archives

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Citizenship is often in the news. But what is it, and how has it changed over the centuries? Where did Parliament come from? How did ordinary people gain political and social rights?

This exhibition explores what it has meant to be a citizen throughout a millennium of British history.

A resource for all lifelong learners (whether with a general interest in history, citizenship or local history, or involved in formal study), 'Citizenship' presents a selection of fascinating documents from The National Archives and Parliamentary Archives, many of them made available online for the first time. Each document is explained and set in its historical context, providing a unique insight into the past as seen through the records of the time.

House of Lords Record Office