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Parliament and the First World War exhibition, Westminster Hall

Posted  4 July 2017 in News  
By Pamela Linden

A new, free exhibition ‘Parliament and the First World War’ in Westminster Hall highlights stories of men and women connected to Parliament, including Members of both Houses, whose lives were affected by the outbreak of war.

The exhibition includes a multi-touch table enabling visitors to examine documents, paintings and artefacts chronicling the profound changes in Parliament and parliamentary democracy that occurred during the war years. Visitors can also see a special light projection featuring the names of 46 Parliamentarians and 26 Parliamentary staff who lost their lives during service.

The exhibition follows the progression of the Defence of the Realm Act (DORA), which swiftly altered the lives of those on the ‘Home Front’ including women, whose careers dramatically changed as they stepped into the roles traditionally occupied by men.

Visiting the Parliament and the First World War exhibition

Visitors are welcome to view the exhibition free of charge, Monday to Saturday, which runs until 28 September between 9am and 6pm (last entry 5.30pm).

In addition to viewing the exhibition, visitors can watch debates from the public galleries when the Houses are sitting, or take one of the audio or guided tours which run every Saturday and on weekdays during recesses.

Entry is via Cromwell Green where exhibition tickets will be issued between 9am and 5.30pm. Visitors are advised to avoid busy periods, notably between 3pm and 5.30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons when the Houses are sitting. The exhibition is closed on Monday 28 August.

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