A Changing House: The Life Peerages Act 1958

An exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the admission of life peers to the House of Lords.
Royal Gallery, House of Lords, 12 June - 26 September 2008.

2008 is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Life Peerages Act 1958, which allowed the creation of life peers. This included women, meaning women were able to sit in the House of Lords for the first time fifty years ago.

The Parliamentary Archives is marking the anniversary with an exhibition this summer in the House of Lords. The exhibition design is inspired by the structures of the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Public Access: Free guided visits to the exhibition incorporating a commentary on the history of women & Parliament, including the suffragettes.
Available at 10 AM and 11 AM on Mondays & Tuesdays (16 June - 22 July), and on Wednesdays & Thursdays (30 July - 25 September).

29 July:  tours have now resumed following a flood in the building.

No need to book: arrive at St. Stephen’s Entrance, Palace of Westminster, and present yourself at the Visitor Service Desk in Westminster Hall. Please arrive 20 minutes before your chosen tour time, and allow up to 45 minutes for your guided visit. 
Large groups (10+) only: please provide information a week in advance of your visit via email to cto@parliament.uk

A Changing House exhibition

On display are documents from the Parliamentary Archives and works of art from the Palace of Westminster collections illustrating the history and achievements of life peers and women in Parliament.

The Life Peerages Act 1958

House of Lords Library Note: The Life Peerages Act 1958 (PDF PDF 120 KB)

The history of the Act and its passage through Parliament House of Lords Library Note: Peerage Creations, 1958-2007 (PDF PDF 282 KB)
Information about life peers, with lists of all life peers created under the Life Peerages Act, including women peers.

Parliamentary Archives home page