Houses of History timeline - all themes

Houses of History timeline - all themes

This animated timeline provides a fun way to explore the history of Parliament and democracy.


Houses of History explores 50 key British historical events from 1099 to the modern day. It covers key themes from history like the civil war, the gunpowder plot, the campaign for votes for women, the journey towards universal suffrage, the building of the Palace of Westminster, and the story of the Union between England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Students can:

  • Watch the buildings of Parliament grow out of a swamp and into the iconic landmark we know today
  • Watch 50 significant moments of history brought to life with images and animations
  • Pick one of eight timelines which focus on specific political and social developments
  • Create a project eg a newspaper article, with images and quotations collected from the timeline

Time required: 30 minutes plus optional writing activity

Learning outcomes

This resource supports the History curriculum.

All students should:

  • Add to their citizenship knowledge by understanding the key concepts of democracy and justice nd responsibilities of citizens
  • Understand an historical chronology and using this to put new learning about events in its historical context
  • Analyse and explain the reasons for and the results of historical change through the centuries
  • Consider the significance of events, people and developments in their historical context and in the present day

Most students should:

  • Evaluate a range of historical sources through the images, animations and articles
  • Understand the development of political power from the Middle Ages and the changing relationship between the Crown and Parliament
  • Understand the different histories and changing relationships through time of the four countries of the United Kingdom: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • Read more than fifty authoritative and engaging accounts of the story of Parliament.

There are more detailed links to the curriculum

All students can also choose a theme from the timeline, to focus on specific political and social developments. The eight curriculum-related themes are:

Modern social reforms

Women and the vote

Political campaigning

Journey to democracy

Votes for all

War and conflict

A building for Parliament

The story of the Union

Practical information

Houses of History requires Flash version 10 or later.  You can download this free software and the latest version is: Flash plug-in (link opens in new window).

Access the Help screen by clicking the button marked '?' at the top right of the resource.

The resource is best viewed with a fast internet connection due to the number of images and animations.

Supporting resources

Curriculum links

Curriculum links

View links to school curricula in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

pdf file - 323 KB

Image credits

Image credits

Picture credits and copyright information for images in Houses of History timeline

pdf file - 39 KB

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