Parliament: The political institution
Parliament, as a political institution, has developed over hundreds of years.
Parliament: The building
The modern Houses of Parliament have evolved through design, accident and attack.
The Clock Tower owes its existence to a fire in 1834 that destroyed most of Parliament. It was completed in 1859 and Parliament celebrates its 150th anniversary during 2009.
Key dates for Parliament 1215-1900
Signing of the Magna Carta; Gunpowder Plot; the fire of 1834.
Key dates for Parliament 1901 to present day
Parliament Acts; bombing of the Commons chamber; election of the first Lord Speaker.
History of Hansard
Unofficial printings of debates in Parliament began production in the 17th century.