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Magna Carta – Law, Liberty and Legacy

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Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view original copies of two key documents signed 800 years ago — the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest — which together laid the foundation for many fundamental principles of modern democratic life.

The Magna Carta remains a relevant and revered document, 800 years after England’s King John affixed his seal to it in 1215. This celebrated historical document, together with the Charter of the Forest, laid out key precepts that continue to inform democratic life today — including the principle that no one is above the law, rights such as freedom from detention without cause and trial by jury; and protection of shared natural resources and the rights of women.

This exhibition offers visitors a rare opportunity to see original copies from 1300 of both the Magna Carta and its companion document the Charter of the Forest, while exploring their enduring influence as symbols of justice and democracy.

This exhibition was developed by Magna Carta Canada and is presented at the Canadian Museum of History.The Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest are on loan from Durham Cathedral in Great Britain, and the tour has been organized by Lord Cultural Resources.