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The Palace of Westminster is the home of the UK's Houses of Parliament , including the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Parliament is responsible for making and changing the laws of the United Kingdom and checking the work of the Government.

The palace is also home to centuries of history and tradition.

Venue Type:

Heritage site

Opening hours

Parliament is open to all members of the UK public and overseas visitors.

You can attend debates and watch committee hearings, tour the buildings or climb the famous Clock Tower and see Big Ben.

Go to www.parliament.uk/visiting to find out how to visit.

Parliament's Education Service also offers free workshops and tours for schools.

Visit www.parliament.uk/education to find out how to bring your school.

Admission charges

UK residents and overseas visitors may freely attend debates and committees in Parliament throughout the year.

Free tours of the Palace of Westminster taking in the House of Commons and House of Lords are also available to UK residents. They often require booking several months in advance.

Overseas visitors may tour the palace during the summer recess, when paid-for tickets are available.

Education workshops and tours are freely available. Visit the Education Service's website for more information on how to arrange a visit: www.parliament.uk/education

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Daniel Maclise, 'The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo' (detail), 1861 (WOA 3246)

Waterloo, Wellington & Westminster exhibition

  • 18 June — 24 September 2015 *on now

'Waterloo, Wellington & Westminster' will explore the connections between Parliament and this key event in European history, which saw the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte by a coalition army led by the Duke of Wellington.

MPs and Peers played crucial roles in the battle and its legacy, from fighting on the battlefield to commissioning one of the most important commemorations of the event in the form of Daniel Maclise’s famous painting 'The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo'.

Conceived around Maclise’s iconic picture, the exhibition will draw on the important historical collections of the Parliamentary Art Collection and Parliamentary Archives.

Visitors to Parliament on booked tours will be able to view the exhibition in the Royal Gallery of the House of Lords between 18 June and 24 September 2015.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

For information on how to book tours of Parliament, please follow the link below.

Website

http://www.parliament.uk/about/art-in-parliament/news/2015/april/waterloo-wellington--westminster-exhibition/

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The Putney Debates: democratic pioneers

  • 1 — 12 September 2015 *on now

This pop-up exhibition traces the roots of our democratic ideals back to Putney in 1647 when a series of debates in St Mary’s
Church brought together radicalised soldiers and civilians known as the Levellers, with key parliamentarians like Oliver Cromwell.
The exhibition will be displayed in the heart of Putney, in The Putney Exchange Shopping Centre, and will explore ideas about
universal suffrage, religious freedom and democratic ideals. For twelve days, to mirror the duration of the original ground-breaking debates, the public will have the opportunity to participate in activities and respond to questions posed by the Levellers. Visitors, in
this modern setting, will be encouraged to think about what it really means to live in a democracy today.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Putney Exchange Shopping Center
Putney High Street, Putney, London,
SW15 1TW

Additional info

Contact the venue on 020 8780 1056 regarding your access requirements.

Exhibition 9am – 6pm (Mon – Sat) and 11am – 5pm (Sun)

Website

http://www.putneyexchange.co.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Suffragettes and Rabble Rousers

  • 1 — 30 September 2015 *on now

Suffragettes and Rabble Rousers: a walk in the footsteps of Oxford’s radical thinkers
Every Monday to Saturday until Wednesday 30 September, from 10am
Starting at Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW

Written and performed by artists including Anne-Marie Duff, Paterson Joseph, Polly Teale, Margaret Drabble, Molly Naylor and Glyn Maxwell, Suffragettes and Rabble Rousers is a collection of monologues about some of Oxford’s most forward-thinking residents. With tales from the lives of Emily Wilding Davison, who was trampled under the king’s horse; Christian Cole, Oxford University’s first black student; Civil War activists, the Levellers; Percy Bysshe Shelley and Thomas Cranmer.

Where

Oxford Playhouse
Beaumont Street,
Oxford
OX1 2LW

Additional info

The talk will be given in the Top Room, located on the second floor. There is no step-free access.

Tours are every Monday to Saturday until Wednesday the 30th of September.


Pick up a MP3 Player, headphones and a map from the Ticket Office and enjoy a stroll through Oxford with radical thinkers for company. MP3 players must be returned by 6pm.

Admission

Tickets £5
No need to book in advance. Purchase on the day at the Oxford Playhouse Ticket Office.

Website

http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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Magna Carta and the City walks

  • 1 — 20 September 2015 *on now

On 15 June 1215 King John put his seal on a document promising to ensure good government. That document, known as Magna Carta, is seen as the foundation of the rights and freedoms widely enjoyed today.

So how did it happen? Follow the story of ‘bad’ King John through the streets of the City of London on one of these free guided walks.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Meet at Blackfriars Station (entrance to the underground ticket hall on the north of
Blackfriars Bridge)
London
England

Website

http://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/evolutionofparliament/2015-parliament-in-the-making/get-involved1/2015-parliament-in-the-making-events/magna-carta-and-the-city-walks-/

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Political skulduggery: what kept Charles Bradlaugh MP from taking his seat in Parliament?

  • 8 September 2015 From 7:30pm
  • 25 September 2015 From 11am, From 2pm

Charles Bradlaugh was and is not everyone’s hero; Karl Marx and William Gladstone were united in hating him. Elected as a Liberal MP for Northampton in 1880, he was kept from taking his seat in Parliament for six long years. Allegedly for being an atheist, but could it have been for other reasons?

Speaker Deborah Lavin believes that Bradlaugh deserves attention, not only for his atheism, republicanism and struggle to take his seat, but for his 10-year working relationship with Annie Besant and their joint trial in 1877 under the Obscene Publications Act for publishing a pamphlet about birth control.

Deborah is active in the Socialist History Society and the Freethought History Research Group. She has written and often speaks on Charles Bradlaugh and his great public row with Karl Marx over the Commune of Paris.

The event takes place in the Conway Hall Library; the UK’s largest and most comprehensive humanist research resource. As well as portraits and sculptures of Bradlaugh, the Library’s collection of artworks includes luminaries such as Bertrand Russell, Thomas Paine, and William Morris.

Where

Conway Hall
The Library,
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square,
London
WC1R 4RL

Additional info

The talk will be given in the Library of Conway Hall, located on the first floor. No step-free access.

This event will be repeated on Sunday 25 October, at 11am and 2pm, as part of the Bloomsbury Festival.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/political-skulduggery-what-kept-charles-bradlaugh-mp-from-taking-his-seat-in-parliament-tickets-17827749278

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The Dagenham Women

  • 9 September 2015 From 6:45pm

The film Made in Dagenham introduced many of us to the women machinists whose 1968 strike at Ford Dagenham led to widespread protest about the gender pay gap and ultimately to the Equal Pay Act 1970.

Their fight was to continue for another 17 years, led by a new generation of Dagenham women. Dora Challingsworth and Pam Brown were part of a seven-week strike in 1984 which stopped production at Dagenham and finally achieved the demands of their 1968 colleagues.

Dora and Pam will talk about the work and fight of Dagenham’s machinists and how 17 years of struggle contributed to current employment law. The evening will also explore, how 45 years after the Act was first passed, inequalities still remain for women in the workplace.

Where

Houses of Parliament
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,
London
SW1A 2LW

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk.

Admission

Bookable via Eventbrite.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-dagenham-women-tickets-17812056340

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Generation Devolution: young people’s views of devolution, now and in the future

  • 10 September 2015 From 6:45pm

Following referendums in Scotland and Wales in 1997, and in Northern Ireland in 1998, the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly were formed, enabling Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to have forms of self-government within the UK. The current generation of young people are the first to have only experienced politics with the three devolved legislatures.

For this event, the British Youth Council will bring together youth parliamentarians from all four nations to talk about their experience of devolution, and their thoughts and ideas for the future, with a chance to open the debate to the audience to ask questions.

The event will be introduced by the
Rt. Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons.

Where

The Houses of Parliament
Macmillan Room,
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,
London,
SW1A 2LW

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/generation-devolution-tickets-17806909947

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The Putney Debates and the Levellers

  • 12 September 2015 From 2pm

For 12 days in November 1647, at the height of the English Civil War, soldiers and officers of Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army, and civilian representatives known as the Levellers, held a series of extraordinary debates in Putney on the constitution and future of England.

Many crucial and fundamental principles and concepts were debated. Should they continue to negotiate a settlement with the defeated King Charles I? Should there even be a King? Should suffrage be limited only to property-holders? Would democratic changes lead to anarchy? These ground-breaking debates paved the way for many of the civil liberties we value today and represent a significant moment in the development of British democracy.

This lively and illustrated lecture, given by Professor Justin Champion, Royal Holloway, University of London, and President of the Historical Association, will be held at St Mary’s Church in Putney where the original debates took place.

Where

St Mary's Church and Gardens
Putney High Street,
SW15 1SN

Additional info

The Church has step-free access to all levels.

There are no accessible parking bays.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-putney-debates-and-the-levellers-tickets-17827821494

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Hansard: the ear of history

  • 14 September 2015 From 1pm

Hansard is the official daily record of what is said in the parliamentary chambers, including votes, written statements and written answers to parliamentary questions.

Two esteemed Hansard editors, Lorraine Sutherland and John Vice, will describe the role of Hansard and the fascinating history of parliamentary reporting. They will explore its origins in ancient Egypt and Rome, its growth during the English Civil War and the centuries when Parliament made it illegal to publish parliamentary reports, and explain the birth of Hansard and the creation of an Official Report in the early 20th century.

Illustrating the journey with memorable moments, great speeches and the work of notable parliamentary reporters including Samuel Johnson and Charles Dickens. They will also look to the future of parliamentary reporting in the 21st century.

Where

The Houses of Parliament
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,
London,
SW1A 2LW

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hansard-the-ear-of-history-tickets-17807035322

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Petitioning Parliament

  • 15 September 2015 From 6:45pm

From its very beginnings, Parliament was conceived as the superior court of the realm with powers to address any grievance or request brought to it by the king’s subjects. Since the 13th century through to today hundreds of petitions are received in Parliament each year.

Helen Jones MP will lead an exploration into the development this fundamental right has had, from the medieval period to today. Leading historians Henry Miller, Richard Huzzey and Malcolm Chase will show how the use of parliamentary pressure by abolitionists (who called for the end of slavery and the slave trade) and by the Chartists (who advocated for universal male suffrage) changed the nature of British politics.

Where

The Houses of Parliament
Atlee Suite
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,
London,
SW1A 2LW

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petitioning-parliament-tickets-17809534798

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What happened at Simon de Montfort’s parliament?

  • 15 September 2015 From 1pm

Simon de Montfort’s parliament of 1265 is celebrated as a pivotal episode in the history of politics. But why was the parliament summoned and what actually took place?

Dr Sophie Ambler, expert on 13th-century politics, will describe the tumultuous context of the parliament, with England’s king imprisoned and the kingdom ruled by a council of his subjects.

She will examine new evidence to reconstruct the events, personnel and atmosphere of the meeting, in order to reveal the dramatic course of the parliament and its theatrical climax.

Dr Sophie Ambler is a Research Associate at the University of East Anglia on The Magna Carta Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her work looks at 13th century politics, ideology and the Church, the reception of Magna Carta and particularly at the ideas of Simon de Montfort and his circle.

Where

The Houses of Parliament
Atlee Suite,
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,
London,
SW1A 2LW

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-happened-at-simon-de-montforts-parliament-tickets-17807230907

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100 years of The WI: women as agents of social change

  • 16 — 17 September 2015 From 1:30pm

To mark the centenary of the Women’s Institute (WI), this unique lecture will reflect on the WI’s history over the past 100 years and its story as a powerful movement for social change. From being founded by a Suffragette, to their ‘Institute MP’ Mrs Margaret Winteringham, through to current actions.

Professor Maggie Andrews, Professor of Cultural History, University of Worcester, and author of The Acceptable Face of Feminism: The Women’s Institute as a Social Movement will challenge perceptions about the Institute. Although rarely associated with radical activity, the event will explore the WI’s relationship with feminism and social campaigning.

The lecture follows the first ever WI meeting in the House of Commons. The meeting (invitation only) will launch a major new publication reflecting on the WI’s history and its members’ views on some of the UK’s biggest social issues.

Where

The Houses of Parliament
Atlee Suite
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,
London,
SW1A 2LW

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/100-years-of-the-wi-women-as-agents-of-social-change-tickets-17810116538

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Rights of the child

  • 16 September 2015 From 7pm

Built in 1784, Quarry Bank Mill in Styal, Cheshire, was one of the world’s first factories and became a thriving cotton mill at a defining moment in our history. Owned today by the National Trust, it is a monumental reminder of our powerful industrial past and of the people who lived and worked here.

During the early Industrial Revolution, pauper apprentice children were brought from workhouses as far away as Hackney, to a new life far from home.
Taking place at Quarry Bank, this fascinating talk by Collections and Archive Manager Alkestis Tsilika will explore the rights and lives of these child mill workers. Personal belongings and original written records from the Mill’s extensive archive will provide a poignant insight into their rights and the reality of their daily lives.

Quarry Bank Mill was the location and inspiration for Channel 4’s acclaimed drama series, The Mill.

Where

Quarry Bank
Alexander Room,
Quarry Bank,
Styal,
Wilmslow,
SK9 4LA

Additional info

The Dalhousie Building has step-free access.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rights-of-the-child-tickets-17828123397

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The legacies of British slave-ownership

  • 16 September 2015 From 6:45pm

In 1833 Parliament finally abolished slavery in the British Caribbean, Mauritius and the Cape. The slave trade had been abolished in 1807, but it had taken another 26 years to effect the emancipation of the enslaved. It also granted £20 million in compensation, to be paid by British taxpayers to the former slave-owners.

Legacies of British Slave-ownership is the umbrella for two projects based at University College London tracing the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain.

Esteemed historian, Professor Catherine Hall, Principal Investigator on this fascinating project, will highlight key, and in some cases, extraordinary findings of this research. Professor Hall is Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College London. Her team’s research informed the recent BBC Two documentary series, Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-legacies-of-british-slave-ownership-tickets-17809813632

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Is religious toleration the best we can achieve?

  • 16 September 2015 From 1:30pm

As part of Huguenot Summer 2015, this event is inspired by the courage and commitment of the Huguenots, members of the French Protestant Church, many of whom left their homes in France to escape persecution before the French revolution.

Over 50,000 Huguenots sought refuge in the British Isles, with many settling in East London, and it is from them that we have the word “refugee”. Since then many refugees of different faiths have followed in their footsteps and now this country is host to a widely diverse mix of cultures and faiths.

With issues relating to religion dominating news around the globe, this discussion will explore some of the most complex and challenging issues of the day.

The discussion will be chaired by Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplin to the Speaker of the House, and panellists include Dominic Grieve MP, Stephen Pound MP, and Dr Tessa Murdoch, Curator at the V&A.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/is-religious-toleration-the-best-we-can-achieve-tickets-17809668197

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The coming of age of the Disability Discrimination Act?

  • 17 September 2015 From 6:45pm

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995. The legislation promotes civil rights for people and protects them from discrimination.

How has the Act impacted on people’s lives? Will the Act’s 21st birthday be something to celebrate?

Led by Lord Chris Holmes, a panel including Baroness Jane Campbell, DBE, and artist Rachel Gadsden, will explore life in the 21st century. Additional speakers to be announced. They will discuss what changes – cultural and legislative – may still be needed to ensure that people reach their maximum potential and have their talents fully recognised.

Chris Holmes, Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer, was responsible for the organisation of the 2012 Paralympic Games. Jane Campbell, campaigned for the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Community Care (Direct Payments) Act 1996.

Where

The Houses F Parliament
Atlee Suite
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,
London,
SW1A 2LW

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-coming-of-age-of-the-disability-discrimination-act-tickets-17812116520

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Wales and Magna Carta in 1215

  • 17 September 2015 From 6pm

Magna Carta, one of the most famous documents in world history, was sealed 800 years ago in 1215. Professor David Carpenter explores the crucial role played by the Welsh rulers in the creation of the Great Charter.

Focussing on the rebellion against King John by Llewelyn, Prince of North Wales (later known as Llewelyn the Great) and his allies, it will examine the chapters in Magna Carta dealing with their grievances. Revealing that Magna Carta is a very much a British document, with important chapters about both Wales and Scotland.

English historian and writer, Professor Carpenter is a leading authority on the history of Britain in the central middle ages, and Professor of Medieval History at King’s College London. He will draw on new discoveries to give an entirely fresh account of Magna Carta’s text, origins, survival and enforcement, showing how it quickly gained a central place in British political life.

Where

The Pierhead
The National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay,
Cardiff,
CF99 1NA

Additional info

Site is fully accessible. BSL can be provided upon request.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wales-and-magna-carta-in-1215-tickets-17828282874

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Bold, brave and bolshy: actresses, theatre and Votes for Women

  • 18 September 2015 From 5pm

Actress, performer and researcher,
Dr Naomi Paxton explores the importance of theatre, performance and propaganda in the campaign for Votes for Women.

In 1908, the Actresses’ Franchise Pageants League was founded to support the suffrage movement. It staged suffrage events and readings, and its members wrote and produced plays in support of the cause. Eminent members included Cicely Hamilton, Ellen Terry, Elizabeth Robins, Edith Craig and Sybil Thorndike. By 1914 membership numbered 900 and there were groups in all major UK cities.

Dr Naomi Paxton has shared her passion for the work of the Actresses’ Franchise League at many events, including the National Theatre, Hay Festival and Latitude Festival and was one of the AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers for 2014-15. She is the editor The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays (2013).

Where

Oxford Playhouse
Beaumont Street,
Oxford,
OX1 2LW

Additional info

The talk will be given in the Top Room, located on the second floor. There is no step-free access.

Website

http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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Heritage in focus at the International Slavery Museum

  • 19 September 2015 From 2pm

Short talks by well-known experts on the history of slavery in Britain including Dr Ray Costello, Dr Raphael Hörmann and Laurence Westgaph. The event will take place in the only national museum in the world to cover the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies as well as contemporary forms of slavery and enslavement.

In his talk, ‘Perceptions of women in the abolitionist movement’, historian and author Dr Ray Costello will focus on the female abolitionists who fought to end slavery, and how they were perceived and treated.

Dr Raphael Hörmann, Marie Curie Fellow, Institute for Black Atlantic Research, UCLAN will present ‘Dis-Remembering Robert Wedderburn (1762-1835/36?)’, illustrating how this Black Atlantic, radical abolitionist and working-class agitator has been widely marginalised or de-radicalised in narratives of British Abolitionism.

Historian and activist Laurence Westgaph, who has appeared in TV and radio programmes about slavery, will present ‘The architecture of slavery’, looking at how wealth from the slave trade helped develop and preserve Liverpool’s built environment.

Where

International Slavery Museum
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Building,
Albert Dock,
Liverpool Waterfront,
Liverpool,
L3 4AX

Additional info

Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Building is wheelchair accessible.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heritage-in-focus-at-the-international-slavery-museum-tickets-17828369132

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Pontefract's Secret Ballot: historic milestone for British democracy

  • 21 September 2015 From 1pm

Pontefract was centre stage in August 1872 when the first secret ballot in Britain was used to elect a Member of Parliament, allowing people to vote in secret by placing an ‘X’ on a ballot paper next to the name of their choice.

It represented a huge change in the way elections were arranged. Before the Ballot Act of 1872, those who were eligible to vote had to declare their choice in public, a system that was open to bribery and intimidation.

The box is still marked with the seals used to ensure the votes were not tampered with. The seal was made with a liquorice stamp, used to make Pontefract cakes from a local liquorice factory.

The votes were counted and the results announced at the Town Hall in Pontefract, where the Liberal candidate, H.C. Childers was elected MP for the town.

David Evans and John Whitaker, Curators at Pontefract & Castleford Museums and Wakefield Museum, will bring the box to Westminster and talk about its significance in the history of British democracy.

Where

The Houses of Parliament
Macmillan Room
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,
London,
SW1A 2LW

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pontefracts-secret-ballot-historic-milestone-for-british-democracy-tickets-17810542813

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Driving the change: culture versus legislation

  • 22 September 2015 From 6:45pm

Has culture or legislation been the driving force behind improved equality for the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, and questioning) community?

The panel will include, amongst others, human rights activist Peter Tatchell, Brie Stevens-Hoare QC and artist Jez Dolan. They will consider the influence of legislation – from the Sexual Offences Act 1967 through to The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 – on improved equality for LGBTIQ people. The panel will ask whether sexuality legislation has actually just followed newly developed cultural norms, or whether the legislation has been instrumental in shaping changes in society.

They will also question what effect the mainstreaming of ‘Gay Culture’ has had on the LGBTIQ community and suggest what further action is needed going forward.

Where

The Houses of Parliament
Macmillan Room
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,
London,
SW1A 2LW

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/driving-the-change-culture-versus-legislation-tickets-17812320129

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Magna Carta in Art

  • 22 September 2015 From 1pm

Beginning with an introduction to Magna Carta, this talk will explain how the Great Charter itself was made, and how from the 18th century onwards it has been portrayed in numerous artistic ways on coins, antiquarian engravings, portraits, historical paintings, satirical cartoons, monumental sculpture and inside the Palace of Westminster itself.

Dr Caroline Shenton is the Archives Accommodation Programme Director for the Parliamentary Archives. Before becoming an archivist she was a medieval historian specialising in 13th and 14th century English royal court culture. Her book, The Day Parliament Burned Down, won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013.

Where

The Houses of Parliament
Macmillan Room
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,
London,
SW1A 2LW

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/magna-carta-in-art-tickets-17810634086

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Poor Law records for the genealogist

  • 23 September 2015 3-5:30pm

Some of the best historic records about individual people in Britain are for those who were on the margins of society.

Rules and regulations introduced with the Poor Law in1834 generated a plethora of information about many of the unfortunate people – including our ancestors – who were caught up in the system.

This workshop, led by expert genealogist Dr Nick Barratt, who has appeared in many television programmes including Who Do You Think You Are?, shows how you can use these records to build a picture of what it was like to live in poverty in the past.

Nick is President of the Federation of Family History Societies; Vice President of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives; and Trustee of the Society of Genealogists.

Afternoon tea will be serve as part of the workshop, with a selection of teas and scones.

People attending both the workshop and the evening lecture (see page 18) will be able to visit Westminster Hall, the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate, between events.

Where

The Houses of Parliament
Macmillan Room
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,
London,
SW1A 2LW

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk.

Admission

Tickets £10 (including refreshments)
Telephone booking only: 020 7219 4114
(lines are open 9am – 5pm,Monday to Friday)

Website

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70 Years of Today in Parliament

  • 24 September 2015 From 6:45pm

Today in Parliament, ‘born’ on 9 October 1945, is the longest-running broadcast programme of its kind.

For years it relied on reporters’ accounts of what MPs said. Since 1978 listeners have been able to hear MPs speak for themselves and the programme has evolved into a journalistic account of the most significant and interesting debates and hearings in Westminster.

It continues to reach a mass audience with more than half a million people listening

every night, and has covered all the political milestone moments of the past 70 years.

Chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, three of the programme’s correspondents – Sean Curran, Susan Hulme and Mark D’Arcy – will explore the issues facing the programme in making sense of Parliament, then and now.

If you are an avid, or just an occasional, listener, you are invited to come along and enjoy hearing more about this unique programme in its 70th anniversary year.

Where

The Houses of Parliament
Macmillan Room
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,
London,
SW1A 2LW

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/70-years-of-today-in-parliament-tickets-17811851728

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Six Points Towards Freedom: the Chartist Movement

  • 3 October 2015 From 2pm

The Chartist movement of the 1830s, 1840s and 1850s was one of the most spectacular and extensive mobilisations of popular politics in British history.

Chris Williams, Professor of History and Head of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University will highlight how the demand for universal male suffrage captured the imagination of working people across the British Isles. That time saw extensive petitioning, electioneering and recourse to the gathering of arms in an attempt to pressurise the governing classes into conceding democratic rights.

Chartism harnessed the creative energies of its supporters, for whom it could become a way of life with Chartist churches, social clubs, temperance organisations, educational networks and the Chartist Land Plan. Although it failed to achieve any of the Six Points of the People’s Charter in its own lifetime, Chartism set an aspirational agenda for future generations, Professor Williams will show how the debates it prompted remain critically relevant today.

Where

Carnegie House
Carnegie House,
Wyndham Street,
Bridgend,
CF31 1EF

Additional info

The event will take place on the ground floor, which is fully accessible via a ramp. Please be aware that the town is pedestrianised between 10am – 6pm.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/six-points-towards-freedom-the-chartist-movement-tickets-17892767750

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The Race Relations Act @ 50

  • 8 October 2015 From 6:30pm

On the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Race Relations Act, this event at the Leeds University School of Law will consider its impact and look ahead to the next 50 years.

The panel, chaired by Dr Iyiola Solanke, will feature speakers, such as Keith Vaz MP, drawn from across the political spectrum. Each speaker will give their reflections on the Act as well as their vision for race relations in the UK in the future and the role that legal regulation of racial discrimination will play.
2015 offers a unique moment to reflect on how legislation can prevent and remedy racial discrimination, as well as considering what may need to be done to continue this work successfully until 2065.

Where

University of Leeds
School of Law,
The Liberty Building,
University of Leeds,
Leeds,
LS2 9JT

Additional info

The Liberty Building is wheelchair accessible and hearing loops can be provided. Accessible parking is available. If you need help with access please contact lawmso@leeds.ac.uk.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-race-relations-act-50-tickets-17828441348

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The significance of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the lessons for us today

  • 14 October 2015 From 6:45pm

This lively, illustrated session looks at the harrowing story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the role of trade unions in a democratic society today.

Nigel Costley, South West TUC Regional Secretary and Graham Moore, singer-songwriter, tell the story of the six farm workers in 19th century Dorset who were tried and convicted for forming a union. The episode helped establish the rights of working people to form unions.

The case of the Toldpuddle Martyrs is one of the landmarks in the establishment of the trade union movement, and is still widely recognised and celebrated today.

Where

The Houses of Parliament
Macmillan Room
Portcullis House,
Victoria Embankment,
London,
SW1A 2LW

Additional info

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes in advance of the advertised start time, in order to allow time for security checks.
If you need help with access, or to request BSL, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing parliamentinthemaking@parliament.uk.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-significance-of-the-tolpuddle-martyrs-and-the-lessons-for-us-today-tickets-17843388054

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Female Suffrage in Scotland

  • 17 October 2015 11am-3pm

Two back-to-back talks about issues related to the struggle for female suffrage and women’s rights in Scotland.

Dr Ann Petrie, esteemed academic who has published articles relating to labour history and Scottish culture, will present The Struggle for Female Suffrage in Scotland.

Senior lecturer at Dundee and expert on Scottish maritime and labour history,
Dr William Kenefick will then present Women and the Trade Union and Labour Movement in Scotland before 1914.

After the lectures, the audience will be invited to participate in a discussion based on both presentations. The aim will be to highlight constitutional development in the context of the inequalities of the early 20th century.

Where

University of Dundee
School of Law,
The Liberty Building,
Leeds,
LS2 9JT

Additional info

The Alexander Room has step-free access. Access from the car park is via a slope or
steps. Vehicle access down to the Mill can be arranged if required. Please contact the venue prior to booking.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/female-suffrage-in-scotland-tickets-17828548669

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Parliament's Education Service

http://www.parliament.uk/education/

Parliament's Education Service works with schools to support young people's understanding of Parliament and democracy.

The service offers a visits programme bringing students into Parliament, an outreach team training teachers around the UK and a website distributing a range of engaging resources for both teachers and students.

All our programmes and resources are designed to support the citizenship strand of the National Curriculum.

Publisher

  • Parliament's Education Service

How to obtain

All services and resources are freely available to UK schools.

Parliament and the First World War

Parliament and the First World War

http://www.parliament.uk/ww1

Parliament is commemorating the centenary of the First World War. ‘Parliament and the First World War’ is a new hub webpage where you can find all our historical and educational resources, and discover more about the history of the War through our Works of Art, Archives and other Parliamentary collections.

You can also find all the latest news and events surrounding the centenary in the House of Commons and House of Lords, and explore our collection of videos about Parliament and the War.

Find ‘Parliament and the First World War’ at www.parliament.uk/ww1

Follow us on Twitter: @ParliamentWW1

Houses of Parliament
London
Greater London
SW1A 0AA
England

Website

UK Parliament

www.parliament.uk

Education Service

www.parliament.uk/education

E-mail

House of Commons Information Office

hcinfo@parliament.uk

House of Lords Information Office

hlinfo@parliament.uk

Telephone

Education Service

020 7219 4496

House of Commons Information Office

020 7219 4272

House of Lords Information Office

020 7219 3107

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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