Stock footage: Bill of Rights and Draft Declaration of Rights 1689
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Stock footage: Bill of Rights and Draft Declaration of Rights 1689

October 11, 2019


This is a selection of shots from stock footage
of the Parliamentary Archives, featuring the Bill of Rights 1689 and the draft Declaration
of Rights. Here you can see the Bill of Rights in the
Original Act Room surrounded by Acts of Parliament on the shelves. We are now in the Parliamentary
Archives search room where members of the public come and do their research. I am opening the box of the draft Declaration of Rights. Here you can see the front page
of the draft Declaration of Rights; the draft bill that eventually became the Bill of Rights.
At the bottom here, you can see a big ink blot that was caused by the clerk that was
writing this document out in the House of Commons. This is the top of the draft Declaration
of Rights showing the date. And here I am opening up the draft Declaration
so you can see the inside pages. This is the Bill of Rights 1689. Written on
the outside here, you can see the title of the Act.
I am now in the Parliamentary Archives search room unrolling the Bill of Rights so you can
see how long it is. Here is a close up of some of the text from
the Bill of Rights, referring to the liberties of this kingdom and this is another part of
the Act referring to cruel and unusual punishments.

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