66th Conference - London, UK
30th June - 3rd July 2015

A stained glass window at St Lawrence’s Church, Evesham, commemorating Simon de Montfort’s visit to Evesham Abbey on the morning of the Battle of Evesham, 4 August 1265 [left]

Magna Carta, 1215 [to the right]

The Commission has chosen London as home to its 66th conference. It will be hosted by the History of Parliament Trust and held at King’s College, London, Royal Holloway, London, and Portcullis House, Palace of Westminster.

The conference is being organised by Dr Paul Seaward, Director of the History of Parliament Trust and Dr Emma Peplow, History of Parliament Trust. The conference has its own website with further information: http://makingconstitutionsconference2015.wordpress.com/ or contact Dr Paul Seaward (pseaward@histparl.ac.uk) or Dr Emma Peplow (epeplow@histparl.ac.uk).

Conference Information


The year 2015 marks two anniversaries of enormous significance in the history of English, and British constitutional and legal history: the 800th anniversary of King John’s acceptance of Magna Carta, the great charter of liberties of the English nation in 1215; and the 750th anniversary of the Parliament summoned by Simon de Montfort in 1265, following his defeat of King Henry III in a civil war which was the culmination of a baronial revolt.

The conference will take 1215 and 1265 as a starting point for an exploration of the initiation and development of political institutions from the early Middle Ages onwards, and an assessment of their role in state formation or nation building. It will consider the significance of foundational documents and events such as Magna Carta and the de Montfort Parliament and how these – and the historiography of Parliaments – became so important in the subsequent history of Parliament and political institutions.

For the full conference programme click here.

For more information (including security procedures) and a map of these venues, visit the conference website https://makingconstitutionsconference2015.wordpress.com/locations/

All information about how to register for the conference, and the conference dinner, which is scheduled on the evening of Friday 3 July at the Strangers’ Dining Room, House of Commons, can be found on the conference website https://makingconstitutionsconference2015.wordpress.com/registration/


The conference will take place at Kings College, London in the afternoon/evening of 30 June, followed by Royal Holloway, University of London on 1 July and Portcullis House, Westminster on 2 and 3 July. Transportation will be provided to Royal Holloway so participants should look for accommodation in central London.


The conference website also contains suggestions for accommodation https://makingconstitutionsconference2015.wordpress.com/accommodation/