Examine collection items such as the British Library's 1215 copy of Magna Carta together with a translation in modern day English. Read an introduction to Magna Carta, learn more about the context of its creation, the people involved or explore a timeline of its legacy.
To mark the 800th anniversary of the granting of Magna Carta, the British Library is holding a once-in-a lifetime exhibition that explores the history and resonance of this globally-recognised document. Find out more about the exhibition which runs 13 March - 1 September 2015.
Visit this website again in March 2015, when it will be updated with a wide range of new content about Magna Carta and its legacy.
Explore an original Magna Carta of 1215 (one of only four surviving), together with a 1225 Magna Carta and Forest Charter authorised by Henry III. Discover Magna Carta in draft form by viewing The Articles of the Barons and the papal bull that later annulled all clauses, plus the genealogical roll that shows the ancestry of King John.