June 30, 2014
Magna Carta to take Centre Stage at City of London Corporation’s New Heritage Gallery
The 1297 Magna Carta will spearhead the launch of the new City of London Heritage Gallery which opens to the public on Friday 12 September. Admission will be free to this permanent, purpose-built exhibition space which will showcase a rotating selection of rare, fascinating and sometimes surprising documents from the extensive archives of the City of London Corporation, at the heart of both London’s and the nation’s political and social history for over 1,000 years. Click here for more details.
Located at the Guildhall Art Gallery and provided by the City of London Corporation, the Heritage Gallery will be open daily.
As part of the City of London Corporation’s contribution to the international celebrations to mark the 800thanniversary of Magna Carta, visitors to the Heritage Gallery will have the unique opportunity to see the finest surviving 13th century version in existence. Featuring what could be described as the world’s first ‘Post-It’ note – a superimposed memorandum which reads ‘Make it happen’ – this historic document reflects the central role of the City of London in implementing the charter. Furthermore, London is the only city specifically to be named – ‘the City of London shall have all its ancient liberties by land as well as by water’.