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First World War Historical Resources

Discover more about the history of the First World War through our Works of Art, Archives and other Parliamentary collections.

The Battle of the Somme

Explore the Parliamentary collections for documents and images about the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

The First World War: Personal Connections

Current and former members of the House of Lords remember family members who fought in the war and share personal possessions.

The Outbreak of the First World War

Explore the Parliamentary collections for documents and images about the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914.

Medals and Coins

The Albert Medal

Explore Parliament's coin and medal collection online

Your Country Needs You

Find out how Parliament called on the people to defend the nation and take part in military operations

The evolution of Parliament

From meeting place of the King and his advisory council to the workplace of the representatives of the people in a 21st century democracy

Memorials

The Parliamentary estate has many memorials commemorating members of the House of Lords, the House of Commons and the staff employed by Parliament who have given their lives in service of their country at times of war and other conflicts.