Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy

Fri 13 Mar – Tue 1 Sep 2015
Magna Carta and King John's seal
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To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta we are holding a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition - book now!

Marking the 800th anniversary of the granting of Magna Carta, we are holding a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition exploring the history and significance of this globally-recognised document. The exhibition is sponsored by Linklaters.

When granted by King John in 1215, Magna Carta was a practical solution to a political crisis, but in the centuries since it has become a potent symbol of liberty and the rule of law. This exhibition takes us on a journey from its medieval origins to the modern uses of Magna Carta.

The British Library, as the custodian of two original Magna Carta manuscripts, will be drawing on its rich historical collections to bring to life a story that remains relevant today. Also on display will be Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten text of the Declaration of Independence, an original copy of the US Bill of Rights, together with other key documents and artefacts.

2015 Programme

King John, hunting with his dogs

The exhibition will be at the heart of a wider Magna Carta programme at the Library, with a series of public events, a conference, a learning programme and an online legacy for Magna Carta in 2015 and beyond. British artist Cornelia Parker has been specially commissioned to create a new artwork, which will be unveiled at the British Library on 15 May 2015 and remain on display until 24 July.

Magna Carta learning programme

To accompany the exhibition, we are offering a programme of student workshops and teacher conferences to support the delivery of History at Key Stages 2-5 and Citizenship at Key Stages 3-5. We are also encouraging schools to participate in a project to debate students’ rights and responsibilities in the digital space.

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Name: Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy
Where: PACCAR Gallery
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Adult Gift Aid: £13.50
Senior 60+ Gift Aid: £11.00
Senior 60+: £10.00
Student: £5.00
Registered Unemployed: £5.00
Disabled: £5.00
Disabled Carer: £0.00
Under 18: £0.00
Friend of the British Library: £0.00
National Art Pass Adult: £6.00
National Art Pass Senior 60+: £4.00
Full Price: £12.00

* Includes a voluntary 10% donation over the regular ticket price. You will be helping the Library to conserve and share its collection. If you are a UK tax-payer and ‘Gift Aid’ your donation, the Library can reclaim the tax you have paid.

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