History of Parliament Schools Competitions 2011

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Key Stage 3 and sixth form students exploring British and Irish parliamentary and political history can now enter the History of Parliament Schools Competitions.


History of Parliament Schools Competitions

The History of Parliament Schools Competitions 2011 is sponsored by The History of Parliament research project and Parliament's Education Service. This is the seventh year in which The History of Parliament has run competitions for schools and colleges. 


11-14 year old competition
Students must complete and submit one of two writing challenges from the Houses of History interactive timeline. Links to the timeline and the challenges are available with the full competition details


Sixth form competition
Students are invited to write an essay of their own choice related to the parliamentary or political history of Britain or Ireland.

 

Deadlines and prizes

The deadline for writing challenges and essays is 30 June 2011.

In both cases winners will receive money prizes.

Winners will also be invited to Westminster with members of their family and teachers for the presentation of the prizes.

 

Contact us

Please contact The History of Parliament research project with any queries at: Competitions@histparl.ac.uk 

 

About The History of Parliament research project

Unparalleled in the comprehensiveness of its treatment, The History of Parliament has been generally regarded as one of the most ambitious, authoritative and well-researched projects in British history. 

Funded by both Houses of Parliament, it consists of detailed studies of elections and electoral politics in each constituency, and of closely-researched accounts of the lives of everyone who was elected to Parliament within the period, together with surveys drawing out the themes and discoveries of the research and adding information on the operation of Parliament as an institution.


Parliament is not responsible for the content of external links.  

 

11-14 years


Key stage 3 students exploring the Houses of History timeline writing challenges will have the chance to win £75 in book tokens and a trip to Westminster.


Full details: 11-14 competition


Who can enter?
The competition is open to any student at a UK school or college who will not have passed his or her 15th birthday by 1 June 2011.


Writing challenges from Houses of History

Houses of History interactive timeline

Entrants should complete one of two writing challenges that relate to Parliament's Houses of History interactive timeline.

The timeline provides an engaging account of the history of Parliament, based around citizenship and history learning. It includes eight writing challenges based on the timeline's main historical themes.

Entrants should complete one of the following writing challenges:

(All eight writing challenges are available with the House of History teacher support notes.) 

Students are not limited to using the material on the Houses of History timeline, but are welcome to find other material elsewhere as well.

Judges will be looking for entries which show a real feel for, and engagement with, the material and the period.


Entry deadline

Entries must be received by 30 June 2011.

Prize
Winner will recieve a book token for £75 and a visit to Westminster to accept their prize (for more information see point 1 below).

 

Rules and conditions

1.  The winner of the competition will receive a prize of a book token for £75. The winner will be invited to visit the Palace of Westminster with up to two other members of their family, and a member of the school staff, for the presentation of the prizes (the History of Parliament will pay reasonable travel/accommodation expenses for the student and accompanying members of his/her family).
 
2.  The competition is open to any student at a UK school or college who will not have passed his or her 15th birthday by 1 June 2011.

3.  All entries must be accompanied by the following information, securely attached to or associated with the entry:

  • The candidate’s name
  • The candidate’s school and its address, with a telephone or email contact for the school
  • The candidate’s age at 1 June 2011
  • A declaration, signed by the teacher, saying that the work is all the candidate’s own

4.  We regret that entries cannot be individually acknowledged, and will not be returned after the competition.

5.  Some entries may be used on web exhibitions put on by Parliament or the History of Parliament: those whose entries are used in this way will be contacted.

6.  Entries should be sent by post to:

  • History of Parliament competition
    18 Bloomsbury Square
    London WC1A 2NS

Or to the competition email account: Competitions@histparl.ac.uk

If sending entries by email, please send one email per individual entry.

7.  Entries must be received by 30 June 2011.

8.  Judging will be by a panel appointed by the History of Parliament. Their decision will be final, and no correspondence can be entered into.

9.  For each competition there will be one winner, although the judges may make special commendations if they think fit.

 

Contact us

For any queries, please contact Competitions@histparl.ac.uk

 

About the Houses of History timeline

Houses of History interactive timelineThe Houses of History timeline provides an engaging account of the history of Parliament.

Britain’s journey to democracy unfolds through animations, authoritative yet readable articles, images from Parliament’s art collection and quotations from famous historical characters.

It includes images from Parliament's art collection showing the evolution of the building; sixteen of the most significant moments brought to life through light-hearted animations and fifty authoritative and engaging accounts of the story of Parliament, accompanying key events, complete with images, quotations and further links.

 

Sixth form


Sixth formers writing about British or Irish parliamentary and political history could win £100 and a visit to Westminster to accept their prize.


Full details: sixth form competition


Who can enter?
The competition is open to any student at a UK school or college studying for AS or A2 levels who will not have passed his or her 19th birthday by 1 June 2011.

Essay subject
One of the candidate's own choice related to the parliamentary or political history of Britain and Ireland.

Essay length
2,000-4,000 words

Entry deadline
Entries must be received by 30 June 2011.

Prize
The winner will recieve £100 and a visit to Westminster to accept their prize (for more information see point 2 below).

 

Rules and conditions

1.  The prize will be awarded for the best essay on a subject of the candidate's own choice related to the parliamentary or political history of Britain and Ireland. Essays should be of not less than 2,000 words and not more than 4,000 words. Essays should be typed, or clearly hand-written, on one side of the paper only.

2.  The winner of the competition will receive a prize of £100. The winner will be invited to visit the Palace of Westminster with up to two other members of his or her family, and a member of the school’s staff for the presentation of the prizes (the History will pay reasonable travel/accommodation expenses for the student and accompanying members of his/her family). This is most likely to take place at the History’s annual party.

3.  The competition is open to any student at a UK school or college studying for AS or A2 levels who will not have passed his or her 19th birthday by 1 June 2011.

4.  Essays should be submitted by a school, and no school should submit more than four essays.

5.  Essays should be of not less than 2,000 words and not more than 4,000 words. Essays should be typed, or clearly hand-written, on one side of the paper only

6.  All entries must have securely attached to them a sheet of paper stating:

  • The candidate’s name
  • The candidate’s school and its address, with a telephone or email contact for the school
  • The candidate’s age at 1 June 2011
  • A declaration, signed by the teacher, saying that the work is all the candidate’s own

7.  We regret that entries cannot be individually acknowledged, and will not be returned after the competition.

8.  Entries should be sent to:

  • History of Parliament competition
    18 Bloomsbury Square
    London WC1A 2NS

Or to the competition email: Competitions@histparl.ac.uk

If sending entries by email, please send one email per individual entry.

9.  Entries must be received by 30 June 2011.

10.  Judging will be by a panel appointed by the History of Parliament. Their decision will be final, and no correspondence can be entered into.

11.  For each competition there will be one winner, although the judges may make special commendations if they think fit.


Contact us

Please contact us with any queries at: Competitions@histparl.ac.uk

 

useful links


Useful links for student research


History of Parliament research project

The History of Parliament is a research project which is building up a comprehensive account of the working of parliamentary politics in England, then Britain, from their origins in the thirteenth century.

Its website is a great place to start researching:

  • Parliamentary history links - Useful links to the key institutions, websites, journals and other sources of historical information.
  • Parliamentary texts - papers relating to parliamentary proceedings for the study of political and parliamentary history.

 

Houses of History timeline

Houses of History interactive timelineThe Houses of History interactive timeline provides an engaging account of the history of Parliament.

Britain’s journey to democracy unfolds through animations, authoritative yet readable articles, images from Parliament’s art collection and quotations from famous historical characters.

 

Houses of History timeline

Houses of History timelineUse the Houses of History to get your research started. It's full of colourful animations, engaging articles, images from Parliament's art collection and quotations from historical characters.