Speeches in Parliament, 1803-2005

More than 7.6 million speeches are recorded in Hansard; this site allows you to interactively search this vast database. But beware, there is an old programming acronym – GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out) – meaning that you have to be careful how you phrase your queries. For example, searching for “Horatio Nelson” yields 12 results; “Admiral Nelson” also garners 12 hits; but when you utilize “Lord Nelson” as the search term, you retrieve 1172 citations spanning the centuries. Each decade indicator is then broken down by year along with contextual information. A unique primary source.

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