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Our Heritage Collections help to tell the stories of Parliament – its history, people, and buildings. These stories look in depth at the tales our objects tell.

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The Blitz

Read about the night in May 1941 where the House of Commons was destroyed during air raids.
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The Fire of 1834

The devastating fire that destroyed the Old Palace of Westminster was a huge spectacle. Hear the story alongside works of art depicting the fire.
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The Architects

Sir Charles Barry, A.W.N Pugin, and Sir Giles Gilbert Scott created The Palace of Westminster we know today.
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Transatlantic slave trade

Read about Parliament's role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade, illustrated by objects from the Parliamentary Art Collection.