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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.

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.

Ongoing Exhibitions:

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. 
13th March – 1st SeptemberMagna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy, at the British Library. The largest Magna Carta exhibition in history, the exhibition will feature the Library’s Magna Carta alongside the US Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.
20th March – 20th September ‘Marks of Genius’, at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Oxford’s Gloucester Magna Carta will be on display.
23rd March – 30th September“Icon of Justice – Pledge of Freedom” , at Hereford Cathedral.
1st June – 20th September – Free Magna Carta and the City walking tours of the City of London, organised by Temple Church.
1st June – 31st AugustDurham City’s Magna Carta Exhibition, ‘Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt’
1st June – 31st August – Pop-up Magna Carta exhibition in Egham, showcasing and celebrating community projects to commemorate the Great Charter. Organised by Egham Museum anbd supported by Strode’s College and the Magna Carta School. Sponsored by Runnymede Borough Council.
12th June – 6th September – The Lincoln and Salisbury Barons’ Trails.
12th June – 29th December – ‘Magna Carta Canada‘ Tour, across sites in Canada.
1 Aug – 30 Sep“Chartered Voyage”, an exhibition at the Supreme Court.
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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July

2nd – Professor Nicholas Vincent Lecture, Magna Carta: The View from Durham, at Durham University. Professor Nicholas Vincent, Speaker.
2nd – 19th – ‘Magna Carta Rediscovered,‘ exhibition at The Beaney Museum, Canterbury.
4th – Canterbury Cathedral Lodge Magna Carta Dinner. David Starkey, guest.
6th – 10th– Magna Carta Lecture Series at University of Auckland, New Zealand.
7th – Lincoln Barons’ CHarter Trail Tour.
7th – Sir Robert Worcester speaks at Cubism Law, followed by a visit to the British Library exhibition.
7th – 10th – ‘Magna Cantata‘, Salibury Cathedral.
8th – Dr. Christian Liddy Lecture, Rebellious Citizens: 800 Years of Citizen Politics
8-11thThe British Legal History Conference, at Reading University.
9th – Sir Robert Worcester speaker at Institute of Business Ethics.
9th – Why St Albans? (7pm – 8.30pm) Museum of St Albans. Peter Burley leads a walk exploring the theme of what made St Albans so attractive to those planning Magna Carta.
10th – ‘Life in 1215: Britian in the 13th Century,‘ British Library. Panel includes historians Dan Jones, Marc Morris, and Helen Castor.
14th – Commemoration at Magna Carta Place, Canberra, Australia.
14th – ‘The Relevance of Magna Carta Today‘, Eastwell Manor, Ashford. Sir Robert Worcester, Speaker.
15th – 18th – Souther Cathedrals Festival 2015. Magna Carta theme.
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
16th – ‘He Has No Sovereign – from the Charter to the Convention,‘ Lincoln’s Inn. Sir Nicolas Bratza, Professor David Carpenter and Jonathan Gaunt QC, Speakers.
18th – ‘Magna Carta: Revolting Barons and French Conquests,‘ at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. Sir Robert Worcester, Speaker.
21st – ‘Treaty of Waitangi – the Magna Charta of New Zealand: Rhetoric or Reality?‘ Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture, Massey University Albany. Dr David Williams, Speaker.
22nd – Essex County Council Citizenship Ceremony, County Hall, Chelmsford. Sir Robert Worcester, Speaker.
24th – ‘Archbishop Langton in a Circle of New Ideas,‘ Salisbury Cathedral. Professor Lesley Smith, Speaker.
24th – Final Day of ‘Magna Carta: An Embroidery,‘ British Library.
25th July – 5th August – Three Choirs Festival, at Hereford
27th July – 5th September – ‘In Comitatu Kantie: Kent at the time of Magna Carta,‘ exhibition at Kent History and Library Centre.
31st Treason? The Mock Trial of Barons and Bishops at Westminster Hall.

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’
Saturday 8 August, 10.00am–4.30pm & Sunday 9 August, 12.30pm–4.30pm – Magna Carta Medieval Weekend at Durham Cathedral. Click here for more information.
10th – 15th – Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival. Alice in Wonerland and Magna Carta theme.
13th – ‘Kent’s Place in Magna Carta: the Making and Preservation of a Legend.‘ Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone. Professor Nicholas Vincent, Speaker.
15th August – 18th SeptemberMagna Carta Canada at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg.
15th‘Magna Carta Mayhem and Merriment’ Re-enactment day at Hereford Cathedral
28th August – 6th September: Lincoln Magna Carta Festival 800. Featuring the family of Rosa Parks, Billy Bragg, David Starkey, the Levellers, Shappi Khorsandi, YouTuber Alfie Deyes, musician James Rhodes, and Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy, DBE, FRSL.

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
5th – Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History host a conference on ‘Suffolk and Liberty‘.
19th – 20th – “Revealing Magna Carta at Temple”. More information about this here.
23rd Liberteas at Worcester Cathedral: ‘On Slavery’, with Prof. Suzanne Swartz
24th September – 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.
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.
28th – ‘Magna Carta: the Charter That Changed the World‘, Windsor Castle. Professor David Carpenter, Speaker. Part of the Windsor Festival. Click here to book tickets.

October

1st – Manchester Legal Walk. Click here for more information.
4th October – 7th NovemberMagna 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.
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

10thMagna 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. Click here for more information.
23rdMagna Carta Canada at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta Visitor Centre, Edmonton.
23rd – Sir John Baker Lecture, ‘The Temple and the Great Charter’. Inner Temple.

December

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.

 

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