Some parliamentary portraits in the House of Lords to help publicise the BBC documentary ‘Meet The Lords’
Up in the rafters at the Commons end of Parliament to get a couple of shots of the Memorial of the 50th Anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death a couple of weeks ago. The first shot of the wreath laying is of Sir Nicolas Soames, Churchill’s grandson, and then of the PM saying a few words.
The black and white shots are of the Parliamentary Archivists preparing the Petition of Rights from 1689 and the Bill of Rights 1628 for display alongside the Magna Carta last week. Interestingly it’s felt that there’s more risk of damage when wearing gloves than without.
To mark its 800th anniversary, the four surviving original copies of Magna Carta were displayed in the Houses of Parliament on Friday. On loan for one day only, they were delivered under tight security (ridiculously early in the morning!), with last week being the only time they’ve ever been assembled together. I was lucky to be asked to record the event for Parliament, enabling me to get up close as they arrived and were condition checked. Seen by many as a global symbol for the rule of law, they definitely seemed to produce a universal feeling of almost holy reverence from the lucky few who got to see them – from school children and ticket ballot winners, to Lords and the endearingly mad professor-like Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, who spoke passionately about their relevance in the modern world and the need for a new Magna Carta for the internet.
After the rehearsal the real thing. The challenge every year is to get new shots as I’m standing in the same places, watching a meticulously planned ceremony that hasn’t changed for many a year. Usually it’s the people around the edges that make for interesting pictures.
Trying to catch up here with a few of the more interesting jobs of late..