Opportunity for paid historical research/writing (London)

50th anniversary of the Life Peerages Act

Opportunity for paid historical research/writing

The Parliamentary Archives requires a temporary researcher to research and draft material for use by Parliamentary staff in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Life Peerages Act which falls in 2008 and in particular the introduction of the first women peers.

The research is likely to include:

1) a numerical trend analysis of women life peers as percentages of the whole House of Lords and of life peers; average ages, party affiliations, etc;
2) analysis of what issues the first women life peers focused on, how far these were ‘women’s issues,’ and how these changed over time;
3) consideration of the contribution made by women life peers to the work of the House of Lords and of Parliament;
4) consideration of what linkages there are, if any, between the work of women peers and the feminist agenda.

The researcher will be required to gather information from a range of sources including printed sources such as Hansard and Parliamentary Papers and will be able to draw on material held by the Parliamentary Archives, the House of Lords Library and the House of Lords Information Office as necessary.

The successful applicant should:

· Have a first degree in history or a related discipline and experience of postgraduate research in the area of 20th century parliamentary and/or women’s history
· Be able to collate the results of the research for use by Parliamentary staff in an accessible format
· Be competent in using Microsoft Office applications, including Word and Excel, and e-mail.

An hourly fee will be agreed for this work according to experience and reasonable travel expenses will be met. The deadline for the completion of the work is early October 2007.

CVs and covering letters should be sent by 5 PM on Tuesday 21 August 2007 to Mari Takayanagi by email to: takayanagim@parliament.uk. Please telephone 020 7219 3072 for an informal discussion about the role.

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