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Durham University

Special Collections

Palace Green Library Events

People, places and religion

14th August 2018, 14:30 to 15:30, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre)

14:30 - 15:30

Free - booking required

Penny McMahon, Outreach Archivist, Parliamentary Archives

With Francis Gotto, Assistant Keeper, Culture Durham

Join the Parliamentary Archives as we explore the records and history around the Protestation Returns.The Protestation Returns are the closest record we have to a census from 1642. These records have been digitised and mapped to a geographical location. The workshop will take you through the history of the records and how best to search for the records as well as explaining some of anomalies around them. The map can be found at

The Returns were created in response to an order of the House of Commons, in which all adult men were asked to swear an oath of allegiance to the Protestant religion. Their names were duly inscribed in a list in each parish, and the list sent back to Parliament. The Protestation Returns survive for about a third of English counties and for Denbighshire in Wales and occasionally record the names of women as well as men.


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