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Banners Exhibition in Westminster Hall

A large-scale banners exhibition ‘The Beginnings of that Freedome' will hang in medieval Westminster Hall until 12 December 2015.

Commemorating an 800 year history, the exhibition covers 18 themes related to the movements and moments which ‘made a difference' in the journey to the rights and representation that are enjoyed today.

How to visit the exhibition

The exhibition is open to visitors who are visiting the Houses of Parliament to join a tour, watch debates, attend an event or for business reasons.

Tickets for tours on Saturdays and weekdays during Parliamentary recesses can be purchased on the day (subject to availability) but advanced booking is recommended.

Tours arranged via an MP or a Member of the House of Lords must be booked in advance. No advanced booking is required to watch debates (except Prime Minister's Questions) but there may be a queue.

The artists and their banner themes

  • Alinah Azadeh - 1965 Race Relations Act and the 1897 founding of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies
  • Maria Amidu - 1807 Abolition of the Slave Trade Act and the 1628 Petition of Right
  • Ross Birrell - 1265 Simon de Montfort Parliament and The Putney Debates of 1647
  • Ruth Ewan - 1215 Magna Carta and the 1771 Wilkes: Freedom of Speech in Parliament
  • Rachel Gadsden - 1829 Catholic Emancipation Act and the 1601 Poor Law
  • Joel Millerchip - Parliament 2015 and the 1833 Factory Act
  • Ross Sinclair - 1838 The People's Charter and the 1689 Bill of Rights
  • Paula Stevens-Hoare - 1832 The Great Reform Act and the 1967 Sexual Offences Act
  • Jason Wilsher-Mills - 1833 The Tolpuddle Martyrs and the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act

This exhibition is planned to run from 20 January to 12 December 2015, however these dates are subject to change.

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