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Dissolution of Parliament

The dissolution of Parliament took place on Thursday 30 May 2024. All business in the House of Commons and House of Lords has come to an end. There are currently no MPs and every seat in the Commons is vacant until after the general election on 4 July 2024.

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The Gunpowder plot and its discovery

Discover how religious and political divisions generated a conspiracy that ended in failure but is still remembered more than 400 years later.

Who captured Guy Fawkes?

Learn about the search for Guy Fawkes and his arrest in the cellars beneath the House of Lords

Parliament in 1605

Find out what Parliament looked like at the time of the plot and discover more about the cellars used by Guy Fawkes

Discovery and flight

Guy Fawkes is caught red-handed with the gunpowder and arrested, but most of the other conspirators flee to the Midlands

Parliament receives a tip-off

Lord Monteagle receives a letter on the 26 October 1605 warning him to stay away from Parliament

The Plot

Find out why the plot was hatched and how the conspirators intended to carry out their plan