This week is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which makes it a good time to look again at a fascinating example of parliamentary publishing in wartime, the Penguin Hansard.
Like everyone in the world in these times of social distancing, Hansard staff are having to find ways of working differently to get our job done. We want to share with you how that experience is going.
A team of Hansard staff have been involved in an exciting project to chronicle the stories of women elected to Parliament in the twentieth century.
On the morning after election night, Hansard reporters get down to the task of learning all the new faces. It's a big job, but getting to see new MPs in the flesh before we start reporting their speeches certainly helps.
There can be few people in the UK who get quite as excited about election night as Hansard reporters, but some staff will be paying closer attention to the results than most, as they work through the night in preparation for an influx of new MPs.
General elections present Hansard staff with a big challenge that is essential to the job: committing to memory the names and faces of all new MPs.
Secret sessions of the House of Commons in wartime may have excluded Hansard, but perhaps also triggered the debate that ultimately proved the case for an official report.
Hansard event for UK Parliament Week—get your tickets now!
Hansard reporters usually just have to worry about getting the words right, but not everything that happens in the House of Commons is spoken.
Parliamentary Reporter Will shares what he learnt during his five-month secondment to Civil Service Learning's Parliamentary Capability Team