House of Commons: the Bar

Victorian illustration to download showing a man standing at the Bar of the House of Commons, accompanied by the Sergeant-at-Arms with his mace over his shoulder. The Bar is a barrier beyond which visitors may not pass when the House is at work; here non-MPs stand when they are making a petition or are called as a witness. In the Victorian era, the Bar was a retractable metal rod. Today it is represented by a white line across the floor.