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First World War Historical Resources

Discover more about the history of the First World War through our Works of Art, Archives and other Parliamentary collections.

The Outbreak of the First World War

Explore the Parliamentary collections for documents and images about the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914.

Mackennal's Parliamentary War Memorial

Bertram Mackennal's Parliamentary War Memorial

Discover the fascinating but little-known history of Bertram Mackennal's Parliamentary War Memorial

Parliamentary staff in the First World War

Find out about the stories of the Serjeant-at-Arms staff who served, the Girl Porters, House of Lords Clerks, and more.

Parliamentarians in WW1

Painting of the Parliamenatarians debating in the House of Commons chamber during WW1

Who were the key decision makers that guided Britain through the First World War? This interactive painting introduces the key politicians of the era

Women in Parliament during the First and Second World Wars

Women in Parliament during WW2

Find out how a shortage of men gave women unexpected opportunities to work in Parliament during the First and Second World Wars with this video lecture.

Medals and Coins

The Albert Medal

Explore Parliament's coin and medal collection online

Your Country Needs You

Find out how Parliament called on the people to defend the nation and take part in military operations

Called to Active Service

The stories of Members and staff of Parliament who served in the war plus how the Military Service Act 1916 was brought in to provide manpower for the war.

The evolution of Parliament

The evolution of Parliament

From meeting place of the King and his advisory council to the workplace of the representatives of the people in a 21st century democracy


The Parliamentary estate has many memorials commemorating members of the House of Lords, the House of Commons and the staff employed by Parliament who have given their lives in service of their country at times of war and other conflicts.