Parliament and the First World War
An exhibition from the Parliamentary Archives
Address:Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
Contact Information:Royal Armouries
Portsdown Hill Road
Open hours:10 am - 5 pm
DescriptionThrough this fascinating exhibition, on loan from the Parliamentary Archives, you will be able to explore documents, paintings and objects which demonstrate the profound changes in Parliament and parliamentary democracy that occurred during the war years, as well as the relationship between Parliament and the war effort. At the beginning of the war the House of Commons was made up exclusively of male MPs elected by a limited franchise, which excluded all women and roughly 40% of men from the electorate. At the end of the war there was a massive extension of the franchise. Five million men and eight million women exercised their right to the vote for the first time in the December 1918 general election, and the first woman was elected to the House of Commons. The exhibition is open daily 10 am – 5 pm daily. Admission is free.
Access for wheelchair users