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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. To keep informed about what is being planned , join the Magna Carta 800th mailing list.

A number of events for 2014 have already been announced, including:

  • 14th February – 17th August: Hereford’s Magna Carta on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Click here for more details
  • May: Lincoln’s Magna Carta on display at Bury St Edmunds. Click here for more details
  • June: Lincoln’s Magna Carta begins tour of the USA. Click here for more details
  • 1st June – 31st August: Durham’s Magna Carta & the Changing Face of Revolt. Click here for more details.
  • 7th June: Magna Carta interfaith conference at Temple Church, London. Click here for more details
  • 15th June: A giant’s picnic at Runnymede. Click here for more details
  • 17th June: the Annual Magna Carta Lecture at the Royal Holloway, University of London. Lecture by Professor Linda Colley on “Magna Carta in British History: Memory, Invention and Forgetting”. Click here for more details
  • July and August: Magna Carta Anthem… over 1,000 miles on a bicycle. Click here to read more about how a Magna Carta anthem is to be delivered by hand to the key Magna Carta Towns by a vicar’s husband on a bicycle.
  • 12th September: Launch of the new City of London Heritage Gallery, featuring Magna Carta and many more heritage treasures. Click here for more details.
  • October: Magna Carta sound and light show in Bury St Edmunds. Click here for more details
  • 8th November: Magna Carta will feature in the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Show – an event that dates back to the origins of Magna Carta itself. Click here for more details

More 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.


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