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 – Manchester Legal Walk. Click here for more information.
1st – ‘Robbers, Rebels, and Royals‘ University of Nottingham, 19.30. Performed by Joglaresa. Click here for more information.
2nd – Warwick Words Autumn Festival. Magna Carta 800th Chairman Sir Robert Worcester, Speaker. Click here for more information.
3rd – ‘Magna Carta: Foundation of Freedom’.Dr Emm Johnstone, Speaker. Tickets £5/£7. Click here for more information.
3th – 4th – Graham Clarke (author of Starta Magna Carta Thearta), studio open days. Click here for more information.
4th October – 7th November – ‘Magna Carta Canada‘ at Fort York Visitor Centre, Toronto.
Until the 6th October: The touring exhibition, ‘Magna Carta Rediscovered‘, will be on display at Sandwich. This event will be particularly special as it will be the first time that Sandwich’s Magna Carta and its sister document the Charter of the Forest will be displayed together to the public.
6th – ‘Robbers, Rebels, and Royals‘, Leamington Music Festival, 19.30. Performed by Joglaresa. Click here for more information.
7th – ‘David Starkey: Magna Carta‘ at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter. Click here for more information.
8th – Liverpool/Cardiff/Swansea Legal Walk. Click here for more information.
8th – ‘Magna Carta and the Siege of Rochester Castle‘, Medway Archives, Rochester, 19.30. Sir Robert Worcester, Speaker. Click here for more information.
10th October – 6th December – ‘Magna Carta Rediscovered‘, Rochester Cathedral. Click here for more information.
10th – ‘Magna Carta Books‘, Sir Robert Worcester, Rochester Literature Festival.
11th – ‘Magna Carta and Justice‘, Rochester Cathedral. High Sheriff William Alexander, Speaker.
12th – Glasgow/Edinburgh Legal Walk. Click here for more information.
12th – ‘The international relevance of Magna Carta in the 21st Century,’ Hungarian Embassy, London. Sir Robert Worcester, Speaker.
13th – 25th – Magna Carta Embroidery Panels at the American Museum, Bath. Click here for more information.
14th – ‘Magna Carta and its importance to our legal system‘, University of Kent, Keith Tucker Memorial Lecture, 18.00. Sir Robert Worcester, Speaker. More information.
15th – The final of the English – Speaking Union’s ‘My Magna Carta‘ essay competition.
15th – Magna Carta Seminar at the University of Trieste, Italy.
17th – 31st – Canterbury Festival. Magna Carta theme throughout. ‘1215: Runnymede Revisited‘, at St Peter’s Church, Oare
17, 18, 24, 25, 31 Oct at 11:00 AM. Click here for more information.
19th – ‘Magna Carta – Did She Die in Vain?’, Gray’s Inn. Baroness Hale, Speaker.
19th – Oxford Legal Walk. Click here for more information.
22nd – ‘Magna Carta and Parliament’ closes at Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone.
22nd – 7th November: ‘Magna Carta Plays’, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury.
23rd – ‘Festival of Freedoms’ programme ends, hosted by UK Parliament.
23rd – ‘Textus Roffensus (c. 604) on the road to Magna Carta’, Rochester Guild Breakfast. Sir Robert Worcester, Speaker.
24th – ‘Magna Carta Women‘ closes at Sarum College, Salisbury. Click here for more information.
24th – Knights of Wessex and Mercia Magna Carta Feast, Queensland, Australia.
26th – Magna Carta Moot between the English – Speaking Union, and Inner Temple.
27th – ‘Magna Carta, Scotland and the Continent: Historical Perspectives’: a roundtable event, hosted by Dr Gianluca Raccagni. Tickets are free but registration required. Click here for tickets and more information.
28th – Graham Clarke’s ‘Starta Magna Carta Thearta‘, at Rochester Library.
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.
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)
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.
28th – Graham Clarke’s ‘Starta Magna Carta Thearta’, Rochester Children’s Library. 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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