The global event to which the whole world is invited
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 – December 2015 – Cathedral Banners at Hereford Cathedral. For more information, click here.
20th January – November – ‘Parliament in the Making’ exhibition at Parliament. Banners will commemorate 800 years of the movements and moments that have made a difference in the journey to rights and representations.
31st January – 31st December – Chertsey Museum’s Freedom Under the Law exhibition. For more information, click here.
12th June – 29th December – ‘Magna Carta Canada‘ Tour, across sites in Canada. Click here for the tour dates.
Until 5th December – 26 paintings from the Ealing Magna Carta Autumn Festival, based on the coats-of-arms of the 25 Magna Carta Barons and King John will be shown at every library in Ealing until 5th December. Click here for more information about the Festival.
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1st – ‘1215: Runnymede Revisited‘, at St Peter’s Church, Oare. Click here for more information.
4th – ‘The Great Legal Quiz‘, hosted by The Access to Justice Foundation.
5th – 6th – ‘An Icon of Liberty: Magna Carta at 800‘, at Florida Atlantic University. The opening lecture is being presented by Florida State University History Professor Emeritus, Dr. Ralph Turner, who has written extensively on Magna Carta, including the book, Magna Carta through the Ages. A corresponding exhibit will open at the lecture venue in the university library that same day, and remain open for public viewing until February 29, 2016. Click here to view the programme.
7th – 15th – Graham Clarke Studio Open Days (author of ‘Starta Magna Carta Thearta.’)
10th – Magna Carta Citizenship Ceremony, House of Lords.
10th – 11th – ‘Magna Carta Women‘, St Botolph’s Church, Lincolnshire. Click here for more information.
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. Click here for more information.
12th – Magna Carta seminar at the University of Milano Bicocca, Italy.
12th – 13th – ‘Celebrating Magna Carta and the Rule of Law’, conference. International Bar Association (IBA), São Paulo, Brazil. Click here for more information.
14th – the Lord Mayor’s Show. This marks the 800th anniversary of the London Charter, intimately linked with the events of Magna Carta. Click here for more information.
14th – Local thespians will present an evening of comic sketches in a Medieval Extravaganza at Pleshey Village Hall. More information.
16th – 22nd: ‘Parliament Week’, UK Houses of Parliament.
19th – Westminster City Council host a Magna Carta Citizenship Ceremony in the House of Lords (hosted by Baroness Prashar of Runnymede)
20th – ‘Magna Carta‘ (a play), Rochester Cathedral at 7.30. If you wish to book in advance, please contact the Cathedral on 01634 843366 and ask for Michelle.
21st – Magna Carta‘, a play, at St Mary’s Parish Church, Church Street, Staines, TW18 4YF at 7.30 pm. The Barons camped around this Church during negotiations at Runnymede in June 1215. TICKETS: £10/Concessions £8/ available on the door If you wish to book in advance, please contact the Parish Office on 01784 469 155 or [email protected]
21st – Graham Clarke (author of ‘Starta Magna Carta Thearta‘) Studio Open day.
23rd– ‘Magna Carta Canada‘ at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta Visitor Centre, Edmonton.
23rd – Sir John Baker Lecture, ‘The Temple and the Great Charter‘. Inner Temple.
24th – 29th: ‘Sweet Liberties’ Folk Music Tour at Cambridge, Bristol, Bury, Cardiff, London, and Gateshead. Part of ‘Parliament in the Making.’ Click here for more information.
26th: ‘Magna Carta Celebrations and Odiham Castle’, Allen Gallery, Alton. John Champion, Speaker. Click here for more information.
2nd – Magna Carta Citizenship Ceremony hosted by Brent City Council.
3rd – The final formal meeting of the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee (MC800th)
5th – 26 paintings from the Ealing Magna Carta Autumn Festival, based on the coats-of-arms of the 25 Magna Carta Barons and King John will be shown at every library in Ealing until 5th December. Click here for more information about the Festival.
7th – 27th – Bespoke Magna Carta Bells to ring at St Mary’s Church, Thorpe.
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