10th May 1941: The Destruction of the House of Commons Chamber

During the Second World War, the Houses of Parliament were damaged by air raids on 14 different occasions. The worst destruction occurred on the night of the 10th May, into the early hours of the 11th May 1941. Three lives were lost, and the House of Commons Chamber was destroyed.    This film tells the story of the worst night of the Blitz, and features objects from Parliament’s Heritage Collections. We also look at the rebuilding of the chamber, designed by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.    Find out more on the UK Parliament website: https://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/transformingsociety/private-lives/yourcountry/collections/collections-second-world-war/bomb-damage/   © Copyright Notice The works of art used in this video are part of the Parliamentary Art Collection. We have undertaken extensive copyright research, but it has not been possible to identify the copyright holders for all the objects shown. Please contact curator@parliament.uk if you believe you are the copyright holder of an artwork featured in this film.   Works of art featured, in order of appearance:   Palace of Westminster at night, Watercolour By Unknown © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 2673    The Burning of the House of Commons, 1941, Oil painting By William John MacLeod © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 2779   The Morning after the Blitz, The House of Commons 1941, Oil painting By William John MacLeod © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 2777    Houses of Parliament burning of the Debating Chamber from Star Chamber Court, Oil painting By William John MacLeod © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 2778    Cloister Court from the north east December 1940, Oil painting By William John MacLeod © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 2782    Houses of Parliament Debating Chamber. looking N.E, Oil painting by Vivian Charles Hardingham © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 1308   Bombed Law Lords Corridor looking west, Oil painting by William John MacLeod © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 2783   House of Commons Chamber 1941, Monochrome line etching By William Washington © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 2385    House of Commons 1941 view of Ayes Lobby after raids, Monochrome line engraving By William Washington © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 2388   House of Commons from roof of St Stephen’s Hall, Monochrome line etching By Dennis Flanders © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 2387   The House Of Lords sitting in the Robing Room 1948, Pencil drawing By Bryan de Grineau © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 2532    Clock Tower Palace of Westminster, Photograph by unknown © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 4788   The cutting and removing of 380 tons of Iron from the Houses of Parliament, 1942, Oil painting By Vivian Charles Hardingham © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 2790    The Churchill Arch, Painting by Frank Beresford © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 6587   Photo of Big Ben at night courtesy of Luke StackPoole, @WithLuke on Instagram