To celebrate this historical landmark there are a large number of events happening all over England. The Royal Mint will be issuing a special commemorative £2 coin, and there will be plays, operas, lectures and many museum displays telling the story of why King John had to sign the Magna Carta, the effect it had at the time, and the affect it still has on politics today.
These events include-:
The British Library Exhibition- Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy (London), open until 1st Sept.
Amongst a variety of amazing artifacts, this exhibition includes two of the four original 1215 Magna Carta documents, as well as Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the American Declaration of Independence and one of the original copies of the US Bill of Rights, themselves based on the policies within the Magna Carta. http://www.bl.uk/events/magna-carta–law-liberty-legacy?ns_campaign=magnacarta&ns_mchannel=ppc&ns_source=google&ns_linkname=Magna%20carta&ns_fee=0#sthash.HLMAJwuM.dpuf
Lincoln’s Magna Carta Weekend– 13th June
From carnival costumes and samba, to storytelling and street art, the Magna Carta Weekend will provide two days and one night of memorable music across the whole city. http://magnacartatrails.com/events/lincolns-magna-carta-weekend/
King John by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 27th May
Part of the city’s Arts Festival, this play will be performed in Salisbury Cathedral – just a few feet away from the best surviving copy of King’s John’s Magna Carta, and alongside the tomb of King John’s half-brother William Longspée.
For a full list of all the events planned right across Britain to celebrate the signing of the Magna Carta, you can visit these web sites- http://magnacarta800th.com/events/ or http://magnacartatrails.com/events/
Dr Kathryn Bates is a graduate of archaeology and history. She has excavated across the world as an archaeologist, and tutored medieval history at Leicester University. She joined the administrative team at Oxford Open Learning twelve years ago. Alongside her distance learning work, Dr Bates is a bestselling novelist, and an itinerant creative writing tutor for primary school children.