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The 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta will be a commemoration of national and international significance. Due to its central place in English history and its impact across the world, a wide range of events and activities are being planned.

From specially commissioned BBC documentaries and books, to academic conferences, public exhibitions, local community events and a Magna Carta tourism trail, there will be hundreds of exciting events announced on this website.

A number of events have already taken place in 2014. To keep informed about what is being planned in 2015 , join the Magna Carta 800th mailing list.

The key events for 2015 are listed on this page and will be updated regularly.

Detailed information about events being planned by key Magna Carta Towns and our partners is shown in the links to the left side of this page.

January

January – December 2015 – Cathedral Banners at Hereford Cathedral. For more information, click here.6th – The beginning of the Magna Carta lecture series at the University of the West Indies, part of the Commonwealth Caribbean Magna Carta project
12thThe Magna Carta Charity Dinner at the Guildhall: launching 2015 Commemorations with Foreign Secretary, American Ambassador and Bishop of London.
14th – Lord Mayor Alderman Andrew Yarrow to speak at Gresham College on Magna Carta.
20th – Democracy Day, with UK Parliament
20th – The launch of ‘Parliament in the Making’ exhibition at Parliament, which will run until November. Banners will commemorate 800 years of the movements and moments that have made a difference in the journey to rights and representations.
20th – Citizenship ceremony in Brent – for the first time, new citizens will be given Magna Carta facsimiles as a welcoming gift.
22nd – Internationally renowned Medievalist Professor Nigel Saul of Royal Holloway, to give the first of many public Magna Carta lectures at the Beckenham and Bromley Historical Association.
30thLincoln Lecture Series: Lord Cormack.
29th – 31stDitchley Foundation Conference: ‘The Future of Democracy in the World: Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Conference’
31st – 31st December – Chertsey Museum’s Freedom Under the Law exhibition. For more information, click here. 

February

The American Bar Association to launch their Magna Carta programme at Houston, Texas Multiple lectures across the country: featuring Prof. Nigel Saul, Prof. David Carpenter, Lord Judge, Sir Robert Worcester together with University of Virginia Magna Carta Scholar Professor Dick Howard.
2-4th – The four surviving 1215 Magna Carta will be united at the British Library
5th – The four 1215 Magna Carta will then be united at Parliament
5-20th - ‘Magna Carta & Parliament’ exhibition to take place in Parliament – public tours
5thIntelligence Squared to host a panel discussion, ‘Magna Carta, Myth & Meaning’ – featuring Dr David Starkey, at the Royal Institute of Great Britain.
11thLincoln Magna Carta Lecture Series: Prof. I. E. Moore
19th – Lord Judge Lecture – ‘Magna Carta – Luck or Judgement?’
23-25thThe Global Law Summit – leading legal minds will come together to discuss the Rule of Law

March

Flags to be displayed in Parliament Square
1st – A ‘Read not Dead’ Globe performance of King John – book here
6th- Friday 6th March: Sovereignty, Liberty and the Legacy of Magna Carta: a debate event for 40 15-18 year old students at Cumberland Lodge, in partnership with Egham Museum and Inner Temple.
13th March – 1st SeptemberThe British Library’s main exhibition, Law, Liberty, Legacy, will open. The Exhibition will feature the Library’s Magna Cartas alongside the US Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.
14th – The Final of the Historical Association’s Great Debate, at the Picture Gallery of Royal Holloway, University of London. The question candidates are to answer is: ‘What does Magna Carta mean to me?’
20th – A Magna Carta debate held at Oxford Brookes: “On Liberty, Magna Carta and our future.” Newsreader Jon Snow, Helena Kennedy QC, and Shami Chakrabarti will discuss the state of liberty today.
20th March – 20th September - Oxford’s Magna Carta Exhibition, ‘Marks of Genius’ will open. Oxford’s Gloucester Magna Carta will be on display.
23rd March – 30th SeptemberHereford’s major Magna Carta exhibition, Icon of Justice – Pledge of Freedom, will open to the public
23rd March – 30th SeptemberCathedral displays begin at Hereford Cathedral, to display the Hereford story
23rd March – 20th JulyHereford Cathedral’s dedicated Magna Carta Exhibition (Magna Carta: Icon of Justice – Pledge of Freedom) will be opened to school parties on Tuesday mornings between 9.30 and 11.30. Booking is essential.
23rdUnlock Magna Carta in Manchester. Unlock Democracy provide a constitutional engagement event in Manchester.
24thLincoln Magna Carta Lecture Series: Prof. Nicholas Vincent
25th – Unlock Magna Carta in London. Unlock Democracy provide a constitutional engagement event in London at LSE.
30th – Magna Carta 800 Symposium, State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Bar Conference Center, Atlanta.

April

1st – Lincoln Castle to reopen to the public – with its new, £22 million Magna Carta Vault
7thLincoln Magna Carta Lecture Series: Professor Rowan Williams
10 – 19th Beginning of The Globe Theatre’s run of King John at Temple Church
12 – 16th – Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association Conference Glasgow
14th: The launch of Dr Foyle’s latest book, Lincoln Cathedral: the Biography of a Building, at Radisson Blu Edwardian hotels, Bloomsbury.
15th – Lucky entrants who register for a LiberTeas event by 15th April will be offered tickets to the international commemoration event at Runnymede of 15th June.
16th – A lecture by distinguished Professor Nigel Saul at Hereford Cathedral, ‘Magna Carta and English History’
22ndLincoln Magna Carta Lecture Series: Lord Janvrin
22nd – The Master of the Rolls to speak at the Law Society
23rdLincoln Magna Carta Lecture Series: Dr. Rachel Foxley
24th – Magna Carta Constitutional Convention (our second in a three-part series), devised by Egham Museum, sponsored by Eton and Wellington Colleges and supported by the Supreme Court, Amnesty International, Royal Holloway and Brunel University. 80-100 15-18 year old students attend to debate and draft a modern Magna Carta to be exhibited in the Supreme Court.
24 – 16th MayThe Globe’s King John at Holy Sepulchre Church, Northampton
28th – Newcastle Legal Walk. Click here for more details.

May

1stThe American Bar Association to host a Law Day – with Magna Carta as its theme.
2ndThe Battlefields Trust Annual General Meeting, where Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Chairman Sir Robert Worcester will be speaking
8th – CILEx Magna Carta Wales Dinner
11th – Birmingham/Bedfordshire Legal Walk. Click here for more details.
12th – Surrey Arts Concert (Freedom Games Community Concert), Held at the Royal Albert Hall
12th – Lord Neuberger Lecture, ‘Magna Carta & The Holy Grail’
15thLincoln Magna Carta Lecture Series: Lord Powell.
18th – London Legal Walk 2015, Magna Carta theme.
21st – Prof. Nigel Saul to speak at the Barnes and Mortlake History Society: ‘Magna Carta: why it still matters.’
21stLincoln Magna Carta Lecture Series: Dr Mark Goldie & Lord Griffiths
26th – Prof. Stephen Church Lecture at the Society of Antiquarians
27 – 30th The Globe Theatre’s Troublesome Reign of King John at Salisbury Cathedral
28th – Sir Robert Worcester to speak at Worcester Cathedral

June

1st – A Magna Carta Citizenship Ceremony taking place at Allington Castle, Kent 1st – Opening of the Egham Museum Pop-up Magna Carta exhibition in Egham, showcasing and celebrating community projects to commemorate the Great Charter. Supported by Strode’s College and Magna Carta School and sponsored by Runnymede Borough Council.
1st June – 31st AugustDurham’s major Magna Carta Exhibition, ‘Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt’, opens to the public
1st June – 20th September – Free Magna Carta and the City walking tours of the City of London, organised by Temple Church.
1 – 28th Shakespeare’s King John at The Globe Theatre.
1 – 19thAn exhibition at Royal Holloway, University of London’s Picture Gallery, will use famous pictures from the Holloway Collection to explore the Loss of Liberties in Victorian Art
2nd – Prof. Carpenter Lecture at the Society of Antiquarians
2nd – Nicholas Vincent , Professor of Medieval History, University of East Anglia lecture at Hereford Cathedral, ‘The Hereford Magna Carta’
3rd – Prof. Nigel Saul to speak at the Hedgerley Historical Society
5thLincoln Cathedral will host a major Magna Carta dinner
5th – 6th – A conference in Canterbury: ‘Magna Carta, King John and the Civil War in Kent’
6th4th Annual Bagehot Debate: Lord Tyler and Lord Norton to debate ‘It’s time for a new Magna Carta.’
8th – York Legal Walk. Click here for more details.
9th – Susan Reynolds to discuss Magna Carta & European Context at the Society of Antiquarians
9thMagna Carta Citizenship Ceremony at Salisbury Cathedral
10thLincoln Magna Carta Lecture Series: Lord Judge
11 – 14th – ABA International Conference in London
13th – 14th 10-18.00 pm – Magna carta 800 Medieval festival event at Royal Windsor race course. Featuring 1 hour jousting bouts at 1pm and 3pm, a Medieval encampment, a history tent with speakers, Falconry, Bouncy castle, and hog roast in medieval style. This will also offer exclusive river views of the weekend flotilla. Click here for more information.
14thTemple Church will hold a service for senior judiciaries and legislators, and rededicate to the principles of Magna Carta
14th – National Peal of Bells, organised by the Bellringers Association
14thThe Great Charter Festival, at Royal Holloway University of London
14thMagna Carta Thanksgiving Evensong, at Hereford Cathedral – Lord Lisvane KCB to preach
14thLiberTeas: A national join-in moment organised by UK Parliament.
14th – Penshurst Village Fete to celebrate Magna Carta at Penshurst Place, Kent.
15thMajor International Commemoration Event at Runnymede Meadows. More details to be announced.
15th – LiberTeas at Runnymede Meadows. Click here for more information, and to register a LiberTeas event. Lucky entrants will be invited to the Runnymede Meadows event!
15thBeer Day Britain‘s ‘Cheers to Magna Carta’ national event
15th – Primary school children from Caversham will come into Caversham Court, bringing posters proclaiming some of the values inherited from Magna Carta.
16thRoyal Holloway’s annual Magna Carta Lecture. Speaker will be the Rt Hon Jack Straw.
17th – 19th: The Magna Cata Project will host a landmark conference on the Great Charter of Liberties, and showcase major new discoveries. Leading academics will give lectures at King’s College London on the 17th and 18th of June, and at The British Library on the 19th. Click here for more information and to book tickets.
17th – South East European University Magna Carta conference. Click here for more information. Experts from all across the world will speak. Email Dr Besa Arifi for more information, (b.arifi@seeu.edu.mk)
18th – Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin of Canada – ‘Relevance of Magna Carta Abroad’ Lecture. Bingham Centre
19th – Friday 19th June: Magna Carta Moot at the Supreme Court, featuring Strode’s College Law students and organised in partnership with Egham Museum. Runnymede Law students debate points of law in the highest court in the United Kingdom, which is then streamed live to the nation via the Supreme Court website.
19th – Panel Discussion chaired by Lord Hope- ‘Does the UK need a new Magna Carta?’
23rd – Esteemed Medievalist Linda Colley to speak on Magna Carta and the American Constitution at the Society of Antiquarians.
27th – Magna Carta Masquerade shall be the Isle of Wight Mardi Gras theme
30th June – 4th JulyHistory of Parliament Trust Conference, ‘Making Constitutions, Building Parliaments: Constructing representative institutions, 1000-2000.’

July

8-11thThe British Legal History Conference, at Reading University.
16th – Mark Carney (Gov of Bank of England) Lecture, part of the Lincoln Magna Carta Lecture Series
16th – Jonatha Guant QC, Prof David Carpenter & Sir Nicolas Bratza Lecture at Lincoln’s Inn, Great Hall; part of the Lincoln Magna Carta Lecture Series
25th July – 5th August – Three Choirs Festival, at Hereford
31stA mock trial of the Barons at Westminster Hall – were they guilty of treason?

August

1 Aug – 30 SepAn exhibition at the Supreme Court, ‘The Impact of Magna Carta on the Way We Live.’
5th – A Liberteas event at Worcester Cathedral: ‘Simon De Montfort & Battle of Evesham’
15th‘Magna Carta Mayhem and Merriment’ Re-enactment day at Hereford Cathedral

September

‘Magna Flora’ Flower Festival at Salisbury – More details to be announced later in the year.
5th – Sir Mark Elder Lecture, Part of the Lincoln Magna Carta Lecture Series
23rd - Liberteas at Worcester Cathedral: ‘On Slavery’, with Prof. Suzanne Swartz
25th – 29thCartmel Priory Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Festival. A week of events including a Flower Show, Son et Lumiere, Medieval Tournament, and two special festival services.
28th – Bristol Legal Walk. Click here for more information.

October

1st – Manchester Legal Walk. Click here for more information.
8th – Liverpool/Cardiff/Swansea Legal Walk. Click here for more information.
12th – Glasgow/Edinburgh Legal Walk. Click here for more information.
19th – Gray’s Inn (Baroness Hale) – ‘Magna Carta – Did She Die in Vain?’
19th – Oxford Legal Walk. Click here for more information.

November

10th/strong> – Magna Carta Citizenship Ceremony, House of Lords.
12th - European Perspectives of Magna Carta – Seminar at the new Human Rights building, Strasbourg, with a panel of speakers including senior officials at the Council of Europe, academics from London, Strasbourg and Geneva, and members of the 800th Anniversary Committee.
23rd – Sir John Baker Lecture, ‘The Temple and the Great Charter’. Inner Temple.

 

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