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Magna Carta exhibition at Rochester Cathedral

The 'Magna Carta Rediscovered' exhibition continues in Kent

Two of the world's rarest written documents are been shown together for the first time, in Kent today.

An edition of the Magna Carta dating back seven hundred years is coming to Rochester Cathedral. It will appear alongside an even older artefact called the 'Textus Roffensis'. The display marks the end of an special exhibition that has been touring the county since May.

A flower festival to mark the Magna Carta's 800th year

The Magna Carta holds a special place in British history

Around 500 flower arrangers will spend today decorating Salisbury Cathedral to mark 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta.

Salisbury cathedral

The week-long Magna Flora Festival follows a parade and other special events earlier this year. The displays will be on show from Tuesday 15th September. The cathedral houses one of only four surviving original copiesof the medieval human rights document.


Lawyers go head to head to argue the case for the Magna Carta

Legal eagles gather for the Magna Carta "moot" in Sutton Valence Credit: Thelma Pitt

Kent Law Society has been celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, widely regarded as one of the most important documents in the world. The law society held a debating competition at Sutton Valence School, to decide if the Magna Carta is still relevant today. Attending the event were His Honour Judge Jeremy Carey, High Sheriff William Alexander and Mayor of Maidstone Daniel Moriarty. Lawyers had to use their most persuasive skills to argue their case. In the end, Judge Carey concluded that the Magna Carta should be upheld.

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Sandwich to boost from ancient text

Eight hundred years ago, the most important document in the country's legal history was signed.

That document was Magna Carta, and a handful of copies were made in the years afterwards.

Now one of those copies has been found in the Kent History Centre and David Johns has been to see it:

Interviewees: Sir Robert Worcester of the Magna Carta Trust, the mayor of Sandwich, Paul Graeme, and archivist Mark Bateson.


£10 million Magna Carta found hidden in town's archives

There are only four copies of the Magna Carta known to exist Credit: PA

An edition of the Magna Carta which could be worth up to £10 million has been found after it lay forgotten in a council's archives.

The discovery of the version of the historical parchment which established the principle of the rule of law, in the files of the history department of Kent County Council, has been described as an important historical find by an expert.

The document was found in the archives kept in Maidstone but belonging to the town of Sandwich.

The discovery was made at the Kent History and Library centre Credit: KCC

It's understood the document, which is the Charter of Forest, was found in a Victorian scrap book.

The discovery was made by archivist Dr Mark Bateson at the end of December just before the 800th anniversary year celebrations of King John's concession.

"It is a fantastic discovery which comes in the week that the four other known versions were brought together at the Houses of Parliament.

"It is a fantastic piece of news for Sandwich which puts it in a small category of towns and institutions that own a 1300 issue."

– Professor Nicholas Vincent, who authenticated the document
The Salisbury Magna Carta, one of only four 1215 originals Credit: PA

It is understood that Sandwich does not intend to sell its Magna Carta but instead is hoping to benefit from its potential as a tourist attraction.

Ballot to open for one-off Magna Carta exhibition

A ballot opens today for the first ever chance to see all four surviving Magna Carta manuscripts in the same place.

The one-off exhibition will be staged in February 2015 Credit: ITV News

One of the 800-year-old documents is kept at Salisbury Cathedral but for one day only, it will travel to the British Library for a special exhibition.

1,215 winners will get to see the four surviving original manuscripts together for the first time in history.

There are only four original Magna Carta documents from 1215 which survive. Two are kept at the British Library, one at Lincoln Cathedral and one at Salisbury Cathedral.

Magna Carta is one of the world's most influential documents - an agreement granted by King John in 1215 as a practical solution to a political crisis, which in the centuries since has become a potent symbol of liberty and the rule of law.

Following the unification on February 3 next year, the manuscripts will be separated for display in their home institutions as part of major anniversary exhibitions.

Royal wedding dress embroider takes on new challenge

If being tasked with embroidering the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress wasn't enough, a woman from Surrey is taking on her next challenge - to design and embroider a tapestry of the Magna Carta.

It's to coincide with its 800th anniversary and will eventually be taken around the country in the lead up to the event next year.

Mel Bloor has been to see it in the making.

Interviewees: Runnymede Borough Councillor Derek Cotty and Embroider Rhoda Nevins.

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