To commemorate the 750 years since Simon de Montfort’s Parliament of 1265, a key moment in the origins of parliament, The History of Parliament Trust in conjunction with publisher St James’s House, has launched a celebratory publication entitled “The Story of Parliament: Celebrating 750 years of parliament in Britain”.
The History of Parliament Trust is a research project creating a comprehensive account of parliamentary politics. Unparalleled in the comprehensiveness of its treatment, it is generally regarded as one of the most ambitious, authoritative and well-researched projects in British history. Written by a team of experts on parliamentary history, The Story of Parliament charts the rise of parliament in Britain over the centuries and explores how it has been instrumental in shaping the country, as we know it today.
The book also celebrates the success stories of a number of selected private and public sector organisations, including The Landscape Group as part of the Made in Britain: Skills and Talent Development chapter. The feature showcases the success of The Landscape Group’s apprenticeship scheme, which is making a significant difference to the company’s future talent pipeline.
The book was launched on Monday 22nd June 2014 with a champagne reception held in the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey attended by over 300 VIP guests including prominent historians, politicians and senior public figures. A selection of schools from around the country joined in with the celebrations with pupils producing their own interpretation of parliament through art and creative writing, examples of which were on display at the launch event.
HR Director Jo MacPhail and Assistant Director of Strategic Parks Management, Alistair Bayford, attended the event accompanied by two of The Landscape Group’s apprentices, Emma Savage (HR Apprentice) and Paris Pilgrim (Horticultural Apprentice).
Asked to comment on her experience at the landmark event, Emma said:
“It was brilliant to be able to attend such a prestigious event in Westminster Abbey for the celebration of 750 years of Parliament and the publishing of their book. It’s an honour for TLG to have an entry into this book and I personally think it’s a great way to promote the work we do with Apprentices. It was a stunning location for the event and I had great pleasure in meeting the other Apprentice and having exposure to new places to deepen my understanding and develop an appreciation of the work we do. I was very grateful to have the opportunity to attend.”
Paris also comments:
“I had a great time at the Story of Parliament event, it was a great experience visiting Westminster Abbey which and the Chapter House both of which are very beautiful and educational. I felt proud to be representing The Landscape Group and work of apprentices at the launch. The event, venue and the food was fantastic throughout and I am happy that I was able to take home a copy of the Story of Parliament book.”