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!

This major exhibition explores the history and resonance 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 through to what it has come to mean today.


Magna Carta unification ballot

Win the chance to see all four original 1215 Magna Carta manuscripts together for the first time

As the national custodian of two original Magna Carta documents from 1215, the British Library will be drawing on its rich historical collections, as well as borrowing celebrated international documents including Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten draft of the Declaration of Independence and an original copy of the Bill of Rights, to bring to life a story that still has relevance today.

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. A large-scale artwork by a leading British artist has been commissioned by the British Library and the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford to accompany the exhibition. It will be announced later this year.

Free workshops for students

Workshops will support the delivery of History at Key Stages 2-5 and Citizenship at Key Stages 3-5. Students will explore the political situation that led to Magna Carta being granted in 1215 and consider the lasting legacy of the document and its use as a symbol of liberty. Led by a team of specialist gallery educators, workshop activities will support critical enquiry, development of research skills, promote independent learning and stimulate and encourage debate.

For Primary schools

For Secondary schools and Further Education

There will also be teachers' events and conferences in 2015.




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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