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Historic exhibition celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta

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The Society of Antiquaries of London recently received £72,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund, enabling it to launch an historic exhibition celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.

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As part of the celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Society of Antiquaries will be staging a special exhibition where visitors will have the unique opportunity to see its three copies of the charter. The exhibition Magna Carta Through the Ages will be on display from 26 May to 30 July 2015 at the Society’s premises in Burlington House, London.

These include:

A copy of the 1215 charter made from a discarded draft which gives an insight into the process by which the terms of Magna Carta were negotiated;
A unique roll copy of the reissue in 1225, previously exhibited in the Society’s 2007 tercentenary exhibition, Making History;
A copy of the 1225 reissue in an early 14th-century collection of statutes which shows how Magna Carta was received in a 14th-century legal context.
“These three copies of Magna Carta are extraordinary finds, allowing us to see into the ways that the text was received and used by 13th-century people. The fact that they are copies (rather than official communications from the king) shows just how important it was for those at the sharp end of the reforms to possess their own copies of Magna Carta.” (Fellow Stephen Church, Professor of Medieval History at UEA and author of King John: England, Magna Carta and the Making of a Tyrant)

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The exhibition will explore the antiquarian interest in the charter through the centuries and the Society’s three copies will show the ways in which Magna Carta has continued to be relevant to successive generations. – See more here.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a programme of activities including a six-week series of free public lectures, schools workshops, a short introductory film, and an online resource to help researchers study and interpret the documents.

The groundbreaking exhibition marks the first time ever that the copies have been shown together. Private viewings of the exhibition will be available in the evenings, with the exhibition on show to the public during the day.

The Society of Antiquaries is the perfect setting for private dinners, drinks receptions and bowl food receptions. As well as the Magna Carta the venue has a permanent collection of historic objects and paintings on display, many of which have been loaned to museums and galleries around the world. If you would like more information on how to book, contact us now.

 

 

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