Discover the City of London's role in the Magna Carta


Uncover the City of London's unique connection with this famous document and its part in the 800th anniversary celebrations in 2015.

The only place to be specifically mentioned in the charter, the City played a key role in the events leading to Magna Carta’s sealing. From June, a series of events will offer a special insight into this precious document.

Check out the finest surviving 13th century copy of Magna Carta (dating from 1297) at the City of London Heritage Gallery, the first to have statutory importance. You can follow the story of ‘bad’ King John and his confrontation with the barons at Temple on a free guided walk from Blackfriars Station at 11am daily, from 1 June to 20 September 2015.

There’s also the chance to catch a sound and light show in Guildhall Yard, help create a Magna Carta for the 21st century; and consider the charter’s legacy in a major new exhibition on Black British cultural heritage at Guildhall Art Gallery.

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The 1297 copy of Magna Carta at the Heritage Gallery in London, England© City of London
Visitors looking at the ‘Agas’ map of London at the Heritage Gallery in London, England© City of London
An original poster declaring a meeting in Guildhall to support the declaration of World War I© City of London
Cartae Antiquae on display at the Heritage Gallery in London© City of London
Exhibitions at the Heritage Gallery in London© City of London

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