Inside the House of Lords
Last night I got to do something very cool. I took a tour of the House of Lords with a Lord and an Ambassador as part of a photography job for one of the charities I work with. I’ve photographed at the House of Lords before but I have never had the grand tour and it was fascinating.
It was definitely worth the oh-so-late train home and the tiredness this morning.
I got to see the Queen’s Robing Room, I marvelled at the very cold and expansive Westminster Hall (the venue for Guy Fawkes’ trial no less) and I even got to go inside the cupboard at the back of the chapel where Emelline Pankhurst hid herself on census night in 1911 so she could give her address as the House of Commons on her census form. I stood in the voting corridors (yes, our parliament doesn’t have the swanky voting buttons a la Borgen, the peers line up in the Aye or the No corridor and give their name to the waiting clerk) and I walked through room after room lined with antique books. It was quite something.
You can arrange a tour of the House of Lords via your member of parliament. It really is quite good.