'Democracy Street', artwork by Jon Adams

Scope and Content

8 postcards with different abstract art designs, inspired by different streets:



• Wilberforce Road (named after William Wilberforce, politician and anti-slave trade campaigner)

• Shaftesbury Avenue (named after Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, Politician and social reformer)

• Catesby street (Robert Catesby, a member of the conspirators who planned the failed gunpowder plot)

• De Montfort Street (named after Simon de Montfort, led the rebellion against King Henry III and become the de facto ruler of England)

• Cecil Road (named after Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, Prime Minster, abolished fees for primary school education)

• Wilfred Owen Drive (named after the poet who dies in the First World War)

• Agincourt Drive (named after The Battle of Agincourt, an English victory in the Hundred Years' War, October 1415)

• Guy Fawkes Street (named after the Gunpowder Plot conspirator who attempted to destroy Parliament on November 5 1605)



Each postcard includes information on the relevant historical figure and a small map highlighting where the street is in England.

Administrative / Biographical History

Artist Jon Adams was commissioned by the 2015 Parliament Anniversaries Programme to create works that celebrate constitutional history, in particular the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Adams created the 'Democracy Street' app which allows people to explore the history of the parliamentarians commemorated in street names. Adams held talks and exhibitions at De Montfort University in 2016, showcasing his 'Democracy Street' artwork. His artwork is displayed in the Hugh Aston Building at the University.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for general access. External researchers are advised to make an appointment with the Archivist.

Acquisition Information

Items were donated by the artist.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Items are in good condition.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Gursharan Hayre, Graduate Champion, January 2018

Conditions Governing Use

Material may be copied for research purposes only, subject to copyright regulations and the condition of the material.

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