The history of Parliament

The UK has a long tradition of parliamentary democracy. Take a closer look at some key moments, including the Gunpowder Plot and the achievements of early female politicians.

Groundbreaking women in Parliament

Find out about some historic female figures who broke new ground in British politics, from the first female MP and Peer to the youngest female MP ever elected.

Female firsts

The Gunpowder Plot audio drama - part 1

This audio drama with original illustrations tells the first part of the story of the infamous Gunpowder Plot in which a group of men plotted to kill James I and destroy Parliament in 1605.

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The Gunpowder Plot audio drama - part 2

This episode is the exciting conclusion to the infamous Gunpowder Plot in which a group of men plotted to kill James I and destroy Parliament in 1605.

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The Gunpowder Plot - what happened?

Every year people across the United Kingdom celebrate Bonfire Night with fireworks and ‘Penny for the Guy'. But why? This is the story of the Gunpowder Plot, written for your students.

The events of 5 November 1605

The Gunpowder Plot - the conspirators

The tradition of Bonfire Night grew out of the actions of just a few men in 1605. The gang, which included Guy Fawkes, devised a daring plan to kill King James I. But who were they and what roles did they play? 

About the conspirators

The fire of 1834

This is the story of the fire of 1834 that destroyed almost all of the original Palace of Westminster.

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Votes for women - audio drama part 1

The story of Suffragette Lady Constance Lytton as she protests for women’s right to vote.

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Votes for women - audio drama part 2

In the dramatic finale to this story, Suffragette Lady Constance Lytton endures the harsh treatment that many Suffragettes experienced in prison, as she transforms into a working class protestor.

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