In 2015 the Houses of Parliament, along with the people of the UK, will be commemorating two important anniversaries: 750 years since the Simon de Montfort Parliament (1265) and 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta (1215), both of which paved the way for the emergence of the House of Commons and democracy as we know it today.
In 2015 these anniversaries will be brought to life through a year-long programme of events and activities taking place across the United Kingdom. Our ambition is to raise awareness and understanding of the UK’s democratic heritage. The programme will encompass the major political and historical moments which have led to the rights and representation we enjoy today.
As well as acknowledging the past, the programme – entitled Parliament in the Making – will encourage debate about the future of our democracy.