'1918 Parliament: A Snapshot in Time’ evening on Friday 26 October

First World War Soldier - Museums at Night
26 September 2018

Join us on Friday 26 October 2018 for a special Museums at Night evening to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

'A Snapshot in Time' enables you to experience a certain day in 1918, 19 November. Eight days after the Armistice, King George V visits Westminster to address both Houses of Parliament. Having served on the Western Front, Winston Churchill is back in government as Minister of Munitions.

The first General Election in which some women could vote and stand for Parliament is just a few weeks away. Nancy Astor is getting ready to support her husband Waldorf with his campaign to be re-elected as an MP for Plymouth.

Perhaps most importantly, thousands of weary soldiers are returning home after four long years of war.

Throughout the evening, actors playing the roles of the King, Churchill, Nancy Astor and a returning soldier will share their experiences of the conflict, and its impact on them and their loved ones. Our Visitor Engagement Assistants then take the characters’ stories forward and explain what happened to them after 1918.

Your 1918 evening begins in Westminster Hall. You will meet the characters in the Lords Chamber, Central Lobby, Members Lobby and the Commons Chamber.

Archivists and conservators will be on hand to discuss objects from the period in the parliamentary collections; explaining the processes used to conserve and stabilise the archives and the fascinating stories behind them.

Throughout the evening you are welcome to purchase refreshments from the bar off Westminster Hall.

Ticket prices and booking

Tickets must be booked in advance. Each ticket includes an entry time - every 30 minutes between 6pm and 8pm.

  • Price: £20.00 per person

Bookings can be purchased online, by calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114 or in person from the Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House.

Last entry is 8.30pm with last orders at the bar being 10.30pm.

This event may be subject to change or cancellation.

More about Museums at Night

Museums at Night is the UK-wide festival of Lates in museums and galleries, produced by Culture24, the Brighton-based arts charity dedicated to shining a light on Britain’s sparkling culture and heritage.

More about Parliament and the First World War

Parliament is commemorating the centenary of the First World War with new information added each year between 2014 and 2018.

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