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June

1st – A Magna Carta Citizenship Ceremony taking place at Allington Castle, Kent
1stMagna Carta’s American Adventure, British Library. Professor Dick Howard Speaker.
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.
1st – Live debate open to the public at the London School of Economics: “What has Magna Carta Ever Done for Us?”
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’
2nd – Magna Carta commemorative stamps released by Royal Mail.
2nd – 12th – Magna Cara Sports Festival, hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London.
3rd – Prof. Nigel Saul to speak at the Hedgerley Historical Society
3rd – Prof. Lynn Staeheli, Durham University Lecture, Geographies and Genealogies of Citizenship, at Palace Green Library Durham.
3rdMagna Carta Legal Walk, Exeter.
4th – ‘Magna Carta and the Rule of Law‘, Chertsey Hall. Professor Nigel Saul Speaker.
4th – 5th – Historia Theatre Company’s Magna Carta, at two venues in London. For more information click here.
5th – David Starkey Lecture on Magna Carta at Gala Durham. Click here for more information.
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.’
5th – 7th – St Andrew’s Church Flower Festival, Windsor.
6thMagna Carta Guided Walks begin in Salisbury.
6th4th Annual Bagehot Debate: Lord Tyler and Lord Norton to debate ‘It’s time for a new Magna Carta.’
6thStaines – Upon – Thames Medieval Market.
6th – Medieval Calligraphy Workshop at Salisbury Cathedral.
7th – ‘Magna Carta’s American Adventure‘, Salisbury Cathedral. Professor Dick Howard Speaker.
7th – 14th Runnymede Music Festival.
8th – HRH the Princess Royal opens Lincoln Castle’s Magna Carta Vault.
8thMagna Carta: England’s Greatest Export at the English – Speaking Union.
8th – York Legal Walk. Click here for more details.
8th – Relay carrying Magna Carta through Slough, focusing on flags of the Commonwealth.
8th – Italian Cultural Institute of London hosts 10th Italian – British Convention. ‘Constitutional Heritage of Magna Carta‘ to be the theme.
9th – Susan Reynolds to discuss Magna Carta & European Context at the Society of Antiquarians
9thMagna Carta Citizenship Ceremony at Salisbury Cathedral
9th – Canterbury Historical Association Panel. Magna Carta and New Zealand major theme.
10thLincoln Magna Carta Lecture Series: Lord Judge
10th – Professor Guy Standing Lecture, A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens, at Durham Palace Green Library.
10th – Ghurka Walk: Lincoln to Salisbury, via Maidenhead and Windsor.
10th – Graham Clarke’s Starta Magna Carta Theatra, Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone.
10th – Anthony Barnett Lecture, ‘A Modern Magna Carta‘, the United Church of Egham.
10th – Lord (Igor) Judge speaks at the Annual Magna Carta Lecture, Lincoln.
11thFranco-British Conference on Europe and Human Rights:Magna Carta and the Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen. Featuring a panel of distinguished speakers.
11th – Leading International Lawyers are to speak on Human Rights and recent developments at an event organised by SBL & Paceworking. Book here on eventbrite.
11thA legal debate for law students. 5 -7pm, Guildhall, Exeter.
11th – Wraysbury Players Magna Carta Play.
11th – World premiere of ‘Invictus’ at Brighton Dome. Magna Carta commemoration followed by Mozart’s Requiem. Click here for more information.
11 – 14th – ABA International Conference in London.
12th – ‘Magna Carta Canada opens at the Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa.
12th – The launch of the Runnymede Magna Carta River Relay.
12thMagna Carta – do we need a new Charter? at Mint Methodist Church, Exeter. Dominic Grieve QC speaker.
12th – 16th – Exhibition of historic documents at Exeter Cathedral.
12th June – 6th September – The Lincoln and Salisbury Barons’ Trails.
13thEgham Magna Carta Day.
13th – Lacock Abbey Magna Carta Exhibition.
13th June – 4th July – Ealing Magna Carta Autumn Festival. 26 paintings based on the coats-of-arms of the 25 Magna Carta Barons and King John will be on display at Ealing Central Library. The exhibition will be officially opened by the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Harbhajan Kaur-Dheer. The exhibition, with other activities, will be shown at every library in Ealing until 5th December. Click here for more information about the Festival.
13th‘Manchester, birthplace of democracy: 800 years of Magna Carta.’ Guided tour across sites of importance in Manchester beginning 12 noon. For more information contact Ed Glinert at 07711 606 273.
13th – Magna Carta Community Opera, The Great Charter, at Durham Cathedral. Click here for more information.
13th – A Barons’ Gathering, at Lammas Recreation Park, Runnymede.
13th – 14th – the Runnymede Magna Carta River Relay. 200 boats will travel from Windsor to Runnymede, led by HM the Queen’s barge, The Gloriana.
13th – 14thThe Great Magna Carta Weekend, Lincoln.
13th – 14thStreet theatre in Egham featuring giant puppets created by Ballyhoo Arts and local schools.
13th – 15th – Magna Carta Gala Weekend, at Salisbury Cathedral.
14th – Magna Carta: The Pageant, at Runnymede Pleasure Grounds.
14th – Unveiling of a 10 foot statue of HM the Queen, Runnymede Pleasure Grounds.
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.
14th – Commemoration at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, New Zealand.
14th – Britain’s Got Talent Winners Diversity headline the Magna Carta Party at Lincoln Castle.
14thMagna Carta Thanksgiving Evensong, at Hereford Cathedral – Lord Lisvane KCB to preach.
14th – Magna Carta Eucharist at Salisbury Cathedral.
14thLiberTeas: A national join-in moment organised by UK Parliament.
14th Legal Sunday Service and procession of legal dignitaries, Exeter Cathedral. Procession followed by a reception at the Corn Exchange Exeter, hosted by the High Sheriff of Devon and the DASLS.
14th – Penshurst Village Fete to celebrate Magna Carta at Penshurst Place, Kent.
14thBeacon lighting at St Ann’s Hill, Runnymede.
15thMajor International Commemoration Event at Runnymede Meadows.
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!
15th – Attorney General of New Zealand General Chris Finlayson hosts reception at New Zealand Parliament.
15thMagna Carta Pageant, Salisbury. Dignitaries will seal a new Magna Carta for Wiltshire.
15thBeer Day Britain‘s ‘Cheers to Magna Carta’ national event.
15thMagna Carta and Contemporary Human Rights, United Church of Egham. Speaker Tim Hancock, Director of Chief Executive’s Office, Amnesty International.
15th – Lord Bates will walk from Runnymede to Westminster.
15th – Stoke-on-Trent children and citizens from across the city will join together to celebrate the Magna Carta and its democratic legacy at a special service on Monday 15 June, at 12:30 at Stoke Minster. Everyone is welcome.
15th – Lincoln artist Ruth Ewan hosting a an Artist’s Talk and Launch at Lincoln Central Library.
15th – Primary school children from Caversham will come into Caversham Court, bringing posters proclaiming some of the values inherited from Magna Carta.
15th – “Honoring the Rule of Law Today” special Magna Carta event in Olympia, WA USA.
15th – 19thMagna Carta 800 Medway Conference, hosted by the Human Rights Office.
16thRoyal Holloway’s annual Magna Carta Lecture. Speaker will be the Rt Hon Jack Straw.
16th – Students who saw Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle will perform original music with Sinfonia Viva, and with international conductor Dominic Wheeler. Click here for more information.
17th – ‘The Legacy of Magna Carta for the Western Balkans‘ conference at South East European University, Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia.
17th – Professor Maarten Prak lecture, Good versus bad institutions? Citizenship in colonial Latin and North America, 16th – 18th centuries, at Durham Palace Green Library.
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, ([email protected])
18thChief Justice Beverly McLachlin of Canada – ‘Relevance of Magna Carta Abroad’ Lecture, at the Bingham Centre.
18th – former American Bar Association President Stephen Zack will present National History Day Magna Carta Awards.
18thMagna Carta and the Law Lord (Igor) Judge Lecture, Salisbury Cathedral.
18th – 21stEastern Three Choirs Festival, Lincoln.
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?’
20th – Community Opera, ‘The Great Charter‘, Middlesbrough Cathedral. Click here for more information.
20th – Commemorative event at Tongland Abbey, Scotland. Click here for more information about this Magna Carta 800th funded project.
20thMagna Carta display, Old Sarum, Salisbury.
20th – Medieval Calligraphy Workshop at Salisbury Cathedral.
20th – Salisbury Playhouse Stage ’65 Youth Theatre, at Salisbury Cathedral.
21 – 24‘Magna Carta and the Freedom of Religion or Belief’, Conference. Hosted by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, in cooperation with The Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. Click here for more information.
23rd – Esteemed Medievalist Professor Linda Colley speaks on Magna Carta and the American Constitution at the Society of Antiquarians.
23rd – Public event at the National Library, Wellington, New Zealand. Details TBA.
24th – Professor John Watts Lecture, Between Subjects and Citizens: the Commons of England, c. 1300 -1550, at Palace Green Library, Durham.
27th – Magna Carta Masquerade shall be the Isle of Wight Mardi Gras theme.
27th – Medieval Day at Oxford, in association with Oxford Castle and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. More information here.
27th June – 27th SeptemberLincolnshire’s Great Exhibition, city – wide activities.
28th June – ‘Magna Carta Rediscovered,‘ leaves Faversham and begins tour of other locations in Kent.
28th June – Magna Carta Egham Regatta between Magna Carta Island and Ankerwycke Priory. Click here for more information.
30th June – 4th JulyHistory of Parliament Trust Conference, ‘Making Constitutions, Building Parliaments: Constructing representative institutions, 1000-2000.’

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