2015 is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, a charter of civil liberties that is considered to be the founding document of the English constitution. To mark the occasion, the four remaining copies of the original text are being brought together at the British Library, Kings Cross where they will be exhibited to the public, and examined side by side for the first time by experts. The exhibition also includes documents that show the Magna Carta's influence throughout the ages. It will be accompanied by a series of events and a new commission by a contemporary British artist.
What is the Magna Carta?
Issued on the 15th June 1215 in Runnymede, and sealed by King John, the Latin text has remained at the heart of legislation limiting the powers of the Monarch and guaranteeing the rights of free men. These include the principles that no-one, even the King, is above the law; the right to a fair trial and limits on taxation without representation. It is clear that these liberties should not be taken for granted and the Magna Carta is still a symbol for those who stand against oppression and tyranny. Although most of its clauses were repealed in the nineteenth century, the Magna Carta's ideologies were taken up in both the American Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and it remains a remarkable and influential document.
Don’t miss this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these “sacred” texts together.
|What||Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy, British Library|
|Where||British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||King's Cross St. Pancras (underground)|
13 Mar 15 – 01 Sep 15, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
|Price||£12 adults, free for under 18s|
|Website||Click here to be the first to hear when tickets are available|