The historic market town of Faversham celebrated Magna Carta in 2015 when visitors had unique access to view the 1300 Faversham Magna Carta (pictured, above) when it took centre stage in ‘Magna Carta Rediscovered’, a major touring exhibition celebrating Kent’s connections with Magna Carta.
The exhibition launched in Faversham at The Alexander Centre on 23rd May 2015 and remained in the town until 28th June. It is now on a tour of Canterbury, Maidstone, Dover, and Rochester Cathedral. The tour will be accompanied by events and celebrations including a guest lecture series, a medieval fair, concerts, a church service plus a full programme of activities for schools.
About the Charter:
The Faversham exemplification of the 1300 Magna Carta, presented to the Barons of Faversham in 1300, is relatively unknown and, until recently, has been unrecognised by many scholars. ‘Faversham Magna Carta Rediscovered’ will ensure the document is recognised as a legitimate Magna Carta taken into English Law along with five others dated 1300 (located in Oriel College, The Bodleian Library, Durham Cathedral, City of London and Westminster Abbey). On display alongside Magna Carta is the Faversham Charter Collection dating between 1252 to 1685, which tells the story of Faversham as a market town and member of the Cinque Ports of Kent and Sussex.
Below is an image of Cllr David Simmons, Chair of the Faversham Magna Carta Committee, with Sir Robert Worcester, Chairman of the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee:
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