People's Parliament tour and workshop

People's Parliament tour and workshop

Tour and workshop exploring how members of the public have made an impact on Parliament.

About the People’s Parliament tour and workshop

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only

  • Age 7-11 History
  • Age 11-16 Citizenship 
  • Age 16-18 Government and Politics History

Age 7-11

What role has protest and ‘people power’ played in the evolution of Parliament?

Your pupils will explore this question after viewing a 360 degree re-enactment putting them in the front row of a dramatic Parliamentary event of the past.

Join Muriel Matters and her fellow suffragists of the Women’s Freedom League in 1908, protesting from the Ladies’ Gallery in the Commons for women’s right to vote. 

The related workshop will discuss themes of public intervention and growing demand for increasing representation. 

Age 11-16

What do you think is the most important issue facing young people today? 

In this workshop, pupils will consider this question, experience historic events from Parliament’s past in our immersive 360° projection space and see how popular protest has led to change.  

After meeting suffragettes in the Ladies’ Gallery of the House of Commons, pupils will plan their own campaign and justify their choice of action, presenting their ideas and evaluating the effectiveness of different protest methods. 

Age 16-18 

In this workshop, pupils will examine the role of pressure groups at Parliament. As they take a front row seat for historic events from Parliament’s past, in our 360° immersive projection space, students will meet Muriel Matters and her fellow suffragists as they exert pressure on the House of Commons, to gain votes for women.  

Pupils will explore different types of pressure groups, using terms such as causal and sectional, insider and outsider, and evaluate the effectiveness of real life campaigns, before applying their knowledge to scenarios that could affect their lives for access to information and increasing representation.  The workshop may include one or both events, depending on the age and interest of the group.

Please note: The films contain some loud sounds and flashing images.

NB: Parliament is a working building and access to different parts of the Palace of Westminster, as part of your tour, will vary due to Parliamentary business. 

Your visit might include:

  • The House of Commons and/or House of Lords chambers
  • A visit to the Commons and/or Lords gallery to observe the MPs or Lords debating
  • Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate.
  • St. Stephen’s Hall, the home of the original House of Commons
  • Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace

NB: For this programme, your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along to meet your students and answer their questions. This is subject to the MP’s availability in Westminster at the time of your visit.

Visiting times and information

Open to: UK pupils, age 7-18 (Year 3-13 England & Wales, P4-Year 13 Northern Ireland and Primary 4-S6 Scotland) 

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Dates: Mondays-Thursdays  - for details, see How to Book info below     

Time:
Mondays at 10:00-12:15, 11:45-14:00, 13:45-16:00 and 15:15-17:30

Tuesdays/Wednesdays at 10:45-13:00, 12:15-14:30 and 14:15-16:30

Thursdays at 09:30-11:45, 11:00-13:15, 12:30-14:45 and 14:00-16:15 

Places per session: 32 (to include pupils and adults)

Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:15 (age 7-18), for safe supervision around the estate.

Due to high demand for our programmes, we ask for a minimum group size of 5 pupils and no more than 2 accompanying adults. If you are booking for under 15 people in total (including adults), please be aware that we may combine your group with another of the same age in order to share to visit.

However, we welcome pupils with SEN - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

If you think your pupils may be anxious about their visit, you can go through the visit with them before the trip, in class, with our downloadable visit story.

How to book

Parliament’s Education Service reserves the right to cancel visits at short notice due to changes in Parliamentary Business. On the rare occasions where this is necessary, we will offer to re-book your visit.

 

You can check what availability we have for Summer term 2017 on our Short Notice Bookings page and for Autumn Term please check our Autumn availability  page and call us on 020 7219 4496.

 

 

Information to help you plan a safe visit

Information to help you plan a safe visit

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Map of the Parliamentary estate

Map of the Parliamentary estate

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Tours with workshop FAQs

Tours with workshop FAQs

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Related teaching resources

AGES 7-11, CITIZENSHIP, GAME

The Campaign Trail game

AGES 7-16, HISTORY, WHITEBOARD RESOURCE

Houses of History timeline - all themes

Transport Subsidy

State schools planning to visit Parliament may be eligible to have their travel costs subsidised under this scheme.