Various pieces of art from the 2015 Banners Exhibition

'The Beginnings of that Freedome'

In celebration of 800 years of Magna Carta, Parliament has commissioned nine artists to produce banners for Westminster Hall celebrating key moments along our journey to a modern democracy. The exhibition is free to view either by visiting in person or via our virtual gallery below.

Alinah Azadeh

1965 Race Relations Act and the 1897 founding of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies

Jason Wilsher-Mills

Artwork by Jason Wilsher-Mills '1834 Tolpuddle Martyrs'

1833 The Tolpuddle Martyrs and the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act

Joel Millerchip

Artwork by Joel Millerchip '2015 Love Locked'

Parliament 2015 and the 1833 Factory Act

Maria Amidu

Act, Campaign, Petition, Reform, Lobby, Argue

1807 Abolition of the Slave Trade Act and the 1628 Petition of Right

Paula Stevens-Hoare

Artwork by Paula Stevens-Hoare 'Sexual Offences Act 1967'

1832 The Great Reform Act and the 1967 Sexual Offences Act

Rachel Gadsden

Artwork by Rachel Gadsden '1829 Catholic Emancipation Act'

1829 Catholic Emancipation Act and the 1601 Poor Law

Ross Birrell

Artwork by Ross Birrell 'Sprig of Rosemary'

1265 Simon de Montfort Parliament and The Putney Debates of 1647

Ross Sinclair

Artwork by Ross Sinclair '1838 People's Charter'

1838 The People's Charter and the 1689 Bill of Rights

Ruth Ewan

Artwork by Ruth Ewan '1215 Magna Carta'

1215 Magna Carta and the 1771 Wilkes: Freedom of Speech in Parliament

'The Beginnings of that Freedome' Audio Description

Artwork by Ruth Ewan '1215 Magna Carta'

An audio description of the artwork in the 'Beginnings of that Freedome' exhibition in Westminster Hall

2015: Parliament in the Making

2015: Parliament in the Making logo

Join Parliament as we commemorate a series of major anniversaries in 2015: 750 years since De Montfort Parliament and 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta.

Video: A history of representation in nearly 60 seconds