Welcome to Hansard at Huddersfield! Explore the official, substantially verbatim report of what was said in both houses of Parliament between 1803-2020 through various search functions and interactive visualisations.

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The Project



Case studies


About us



The Project

Technologies used


  • ICAME40
    Jeffries, L. & Sanjurjo-González, H. (2019). Making Hansard accessible to non-expert users through data visualisation. Talk presented at ICAME40 conference. Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • CILC 2019
    Jeffries, L. & Sanjurjo-González, H. (2019). Making corpus-based searching accessible for non-expert users: the case of Hansard. Talk presented at XI International Conference on Corpus Linguistics (CILC 2019) conference. Valencia, Spain

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User guide

User guide


Basic Search - First steps

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Contribution display

4 mins 20 sec

KWIC display

5 mins 7 sec

Advanced Search

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5 mins 15 sec

Case studies

Download here a number of sample case studies that exemplify the different ways this site’s tools may be used and their results interpreted to help answer research questions about the way parliamentarians discuss topics relevant to their governance of the UK.

We are working on developing the range of topics covered in these case studies. If you would like to suggest a topic, please get in touch on hansard@hud.ac.uk.





Interested to learn what you may use Hansard at Huddersfield for? Find here upcoming workshops that aim to demonstrate the potential of our site for your research. If you cannot make any of these workshops, please get in touch by emailing hansard@hud.ac.uk to see if we can arrange to visit you and/or your organisation.

Upcoming events

When 6th March 2020 Where Manchester, People's History Museum Time To be announced
Coming soon

Past events

Workshop University of Leeds 11th December 2019
Leeds, Baines Wing SR 1.06: University of Leeds

Workshop Goldsmiths 19th November 2019
London, Margaret MacMillan Building, Goldsmiths: University of London

Workshop British Library 24th September 2019
London, British Library

Launch event 13th March 2019
Huddersfield, Heritage Quay: University of Huddersfield

Launch event 6th March 2019
London, House of Lords: Houses of Parliament

End-user event 11th December 2018
Huddersfield, Oastler Building: University of Huddersfield

End-user event 6th December 2018
London, InTuition House

End-user event 18th July 2018
London, Friends House

End-user event 11th July 2018
Huddersfield, Oastler Building: University of Huddersfield

About us

The Team

  • Lesley Jeffries
    Principal Investigator
  • Marc Alexander
    Co-investigator (SAMUELS)
  • Alex von Lunen
    Co-Investigator (Technical lead)
  • Hugo Sanjurjo-González
    Research Fellow (Programmer)
  • Fransina Stradling
    Research Assistant


  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Hansard
    Provided Hansard data
  • Wikidata British Politicians
    Provided MP data
  • Andrew Gray (Wikidata)
    Provided MP data
  • Dr Andy Mycock
  • Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Centre for Disability Studies
  • Democratic Audit
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Dr Gavin Hart
  • Heritage Quay
  • History of Parliament
  • House of Commons Library
  • Institute for Government
  • Kirklees Democracy Commission
  • LKMco
  • Migration Yorkshire
  • Parliamentary Digital Service
  • Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • People’s History Museum
  • The Green Party
  • Theos
  • TheyWorkForYou
  • The Young Foundation
  • Dr Thomas Loughran


Hansard at Huddersfield
Linguistics and Modern Languages
School of Music, Humanities and Media
Oastler Building, OA4/15
+44 1484472910


Hellenic OCR Team

We are working with the Hellenic OCR Team, which is a crowd-sourced project aimed at digitising proceedings in the Greek parliament. Our Principal Investigator, Lesley Jeffries, and Hellenic OCR Team Co-Founders George Mikros and Fotis Fitsilis have agreed on the exchange of knowhow, methods and code to jointly tackle common challenges that are related not only to data openness but also to increased visibility and understanding of parliamentary data sources. Future plans resulting from this partnership may include joint conference announcements and scientific publications in the area of computational linguistics.

John Vice (Editor Hansard Lords) and Jack Homer (Editor Hansard Commons)

We have been working in partnership with Hansard in Westminster from the outset. We have had the support and cooperation of the editors and their staff in accessing the Hansard data and in developing the functionality of our site. We are also in discussion with Hansard about the future of our site.

The History of Parliament Trust

The History of Parliament Trust has been one of our key supporters and has communicated with its networks about the website. They have attended end-user meetings, given us feedback about the site and co-organised a workshop to introduce new end-users to the site.


Have you found any bugs or have you got any other feedback on the website? We are hoping to increase its functionality in due course, but there are some restrictions on what is possible.

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