Changes in legislative authority

How the scope of Parliament's authority gradually widened and how it affected people across the globe


Parliament and Ireland

In 1264 the first parliaments were held in England and Ireland. This was the beginning of the long and complex development of a parliamentary tradition in both countries.

Act of Union 1707

Here we look at the relationship between the two independent kingdoms of England and Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries. We explore the critical period leading up to the passing of Acts of Union by both parliaments what happened afterwards

Parliament and Empire

Learn about the role of Parliament in the growth of the British Empire, from the American Revolution to decolonisation

Parliament and Europe

Find out more about the history of the EEC and trace the key events that have changed the Common Market the UK joined in the 1970s into the European Union of 28 States that we know today

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.

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Find out about the role of the House of Commons and current business in the chamber

Listen to a tour of the Commons Chamber given by a visitors' assistant at the Houses of Parliament