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
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.