Big Ben: An Icon of Democracy and Leadership

Big Ben: An Icon of Democracy and Leadership
Published by St James’s House, this new book celebrates one of Britain’s most famous and enduring cultural icons, Big Ben, charting its history and recent restoration, as well as the history of the wider Palace of Westminster, and exploring its status as a symbol of democracy and leadership around the world.

London, UK – 25 Nov, 2022 – St James’s House is delighted to announce the forthcoming release of Big Ben: An Icon of Democracy and Leadership, a fascinating and fully illustrated book that captures the rich history and ongoing significance of one of Britain’s most iconic landmarks.

Big Ben was silenced in 2017 to allow for essential restoration work to be carried out to the bell and its renowned Westminster home, the Elizabeth Tower. Now back to its former glory, the clock tower continues to stand as a global symbol of democracy, leadership and innovation.

In addition to marking the much-anticipated unveiling of the renovated clock tower, Big Ben also celebrates the 180th anniversary of the laying of the tower’s foundation stone in 1843, and charts its origins, as well as those of the Palace of Westminster.

Produced in partnership with the History of Parliament Trust and printed in the UK on environmentally friendly, FSA-certified paper, this striking publication offers a rare insight into the story of one of the world’s most iconic structures – a beacon of inspiration for generations past, present and future.

Big Ben: An Icon of Democracy and Leadership will be released on 13 December 2022 and is currently available for pre-order at


About the History of Parliament Trust

The History of Parliament Trust is a research project that is creating a comprehensive account of parliamentary politics in England, then Britain, from the origins of Parliament in the 13th century. It is enerally regarded as one of the most ambitious, authoritative and well-researched academic projects in British history. The project is funded by the two Houses of Parliament and governed by its trustees, who are mainly Members and Officers of the Commons and the Lords. The trustees appoint an editorial board of scholars to advise them on the trust’s academic policy, practice and related matters, and to guaranteethe intellectual rigour and scholarly standards of the work.

About St James’s House

St James’s House boasts a bold visual identity; one that has earned us a reputation as one of the world’s leading publishing and communications companies. Working across the spheres of royalty, government, and the public and private sector, we specialise in providing organisations from around the world with unparalleled access to hard-to-reach audiences and markets. Each of our high-quality publications features a considered and contemporary design identity along with intelligent and engaging editorial that puts us at the forefront of publishing and communications across a wide range of subjects and sectors. We also provide our clients with unique and privileged access to high-profile international events, launches and celebrations. We are passionate about creating beautiful books, memorable events and striking publicity campaigns that are impactful, while also providing our clients with long-lasting benefits and an enhanced global presence.

For press information, please contact St James’s House or the History of Parliament Trust:

Claire Godeaux
Head of Marketing
St James’s House

Connie Jeffery
Public Engagement Manager
The History of Parliament Trust

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