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Event guide for the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary in Wiltshire

Posted on 13th January 2015

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Event guide for the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary in Wiltshire

This year is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and as a result 2015 will see a number of celebrations at the sites that are home to the four 1215 exemplifications of the Magna Carta; Salisbury Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral and the British Library, which is home to two of them.

As a result, Salisbury Cathedral will not only be a huge attraction for people going on Wiltshire cottage holidays in 2015, but holidaymakers will also be looking to visit it to get a glimpse of the Magna Carta that is displayed there. The Magna Carta is one of the most famous documents in the world and the charter was originally issued by King John of England in 1215 to make peace between the King and a group of rebel barons. The Magna Carta established for the first time that everybody, including the King himself, was subject to the law, making it a very important document that shaped the history of this country.

Below we take you through some of the plans and activities that are set to take place in 2015 to celebrate the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary in Wiltshire, so you can discover this important document for yourself.

Series of lectures

A lecture series discussing the Salisbury Magna Carta will begin on the 20th February 2015, the first of which will be led by Professor Lesley Smith, a professor of medieval intellectual history at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. The series of lectures will run throughout 2015 and will feature international speakers, who will discuss topics that were inspired by Magna Carta. Click here to see details of the first lecture from Professor Lesley Smith.

Re-display of the Magna Carta

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Salisbury Cathedral will be re-displaying and re-presenting the Magna Carta in the Chapter House, which will be safeguarding the document for the foreseeable future, on 7th March. The display will give visitors more Magna Carta facts and the new interactive display will mean children will have plenty to keep them occupied.

Medieval Fair

Holidaymakers staying in luxury holiday cottages in Wiltshire and locals alike will be able to enjoy a Medieval Fair on 26th April that Salisbury Cathedral is putting on. Organisers for the event have revealed that it will boast a number of family-friendly events, but full details are yet to come.

Magna Carta Gala Concert

Salisbury Cathedral will be hosting a Magna Carta Gala concert on 13th June. The concert will feature the international premiere of a new Magna Carta commission by British composer Tarik O’Regan and will feature music from Mozart, Elgar and Pergolesi in its programme.

Magna Carta Walks and Trails

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Back in October it was revealed that a new Magna Carta trail would open in Wiltshire after a partnership between Visit Wiltshire and Salisbury Cathedral. The two-day tourist trail will take place on 15th June and will involve a visit to Salisbury Cathedral and the Magna Carta on day one and visits to Stonehenge and the Baron Town of Trowbridge on day two. Click here to download a PDF of the Magna Carta 800 trails leaflet, which includes details of walks to enjoy across the country.

Salisbury Cathedral has also revealed that there will be a number of walks put on for visitors to enjoy as part of the Magna Carta celebrations.

Magna Flora Flower Festival

Another event that is taking place to celebrate the anniversary of the Magna Carta is the Magna Flora Flower Festival. The week-long festival will take place in September and will welcome over 500 flower arrangers who will create displays that have been inspired by the Magna Carta, with live demonstrations promising to be a particular treat. Tickets for the event only cost £8 for children and £9.50 for adults.

To find out more about the latest Magna Carta events, click here.