Welcome to the UK Parliament Web Archive

We capture, preserve, and make accessible UK Parliament information published on the web. The web archive includes UK Parliament websites and social media dating from 2009 to the present.

This collection of archived web content was selected for preservation by the Parliamentary Archives.

Commons Speaker, John Bercow, answers your questions on traditions

In this film the Commons Speaker answers questions sent in by the public about the traditions of the Speakership and changes he will make.

07/09/2009 18:05

Commons Speaker, John Bercow, answers your questions about his role as Speaker

In this film the Commons Speaker answers questions sent in by the public on why he wanted to be Speaker and what he hopes to achieve during his tenure.

31/07/2009 18:10

From House of Lords to Supreme Court

From 31 July 2009, the judicial function of the House of Lords and its role as the final - and highest - appeal court in the UK will end, bringing about a fundamental change to the work and role of th...

28/07/2009 14:02

An Introduction to the Parliamentary Archives

The Parliamentary Archives Search Room is open to members of the public from Monday to Friday (certain Public Holidays excepted) from 9.30 am to 5pm, this film illustrates how you can organise your vi...

23/07/2009 14:00

House of Commons Chamber enhanced podcast tour

Listen to a tour of the House of Commons Chamber given by Sarah Polfreman, a visitors' assistant, at the Houses of Parliament.

20/06/2009 11:59

Winding the mechanism that powers Big Ben

The Great Clock is wound three times a week. First, the auto-winding mechanism is set. This winds the striking train and the chiming train. Then the winding handle is attached to the going train. This...

02/04/2009 13:17

What is parliament? – with Danny Wallace

Author and journalist Danny Wallace asks 'what is Government?' and explains the difference between Parliament and Government in this fun resource for teachers of 12-14 year olds. See Danny Wallace ex...

10/03/2009 01:53

What is democracy? – with Danny Wallace

Author and journalist Danny Wallace asks 'what is democracy'?. A fun resource for teachers of 12-14 year olds that explains Britain's democratic system, what Parliament is and how it works, inlcuding ...

10/03/2009 01:18

What happens on election day? (part 2 of 2)

This video will be deleted at the end of July 2016. Please find an updated version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K2oMqYEGdY&list=PLj3mInRJqIembDRZ2kdbf6oPbjkqNsPyb&index=5 A guide to how ele...

09/03/2009 22:57

How do elections work and why should we vote? (part 1 of 2)

This video will be deleted at the end of July 2016. Please find an updated version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K2oMqYEGdY&list=PLj3mInRJqIembDRZ2kdbf6oPbjkqNsPyb&index=5 A fun guide to gen...

09/03/2009 22:28

What is the difference between parliament and government?

This video will be deleted at the end of July 2016. Watch an updated version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA3f7DNhtSo&list=PLj3mInRJqIembDRZ2kdbf6oPbjkqNsPyb&index=3 People often mistake Pa...

09/03/2009 21:29

Making sure Big Ben strikes on time

How is Big Ben and the Great Clock kept on time? This short video explains how this is done. Visit http://www.parliament.uk/bigben for more information about Big Ben.

03/02/2009 21:38

New Year seen from the top of the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben)

(There is no dialogue in this video). During 2009 Parliament celebrates the 150th anniversary of its world famous Clock Tower, Great Clock and Great Bell. Visit http://www.parliament.uk/bigben for mo...

07/01/2009 21:07

Parliament's Christmas Tree

Every year Parliament puts up a Christmas tree in New Palace Yard. The tree is donated by the Forestry Commission and comes from the Kielder Forest in Northumberland, a sustainable forest in which t...

15/12/2008 12:32

People in Parliament: Gary Railton - pest controller

Gary Railton is a pest controller who works in the Houses of Parliament with Harris Hawks. Gary's hawks keep pigeons and sea gulls from damaging the stonework and away from our terrace areas. Gary is ...

05/12/2008 10:27

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