This touring display examines the relationship between Magna Carta and Parliament during the 800 years following the sealing of the charter at Runnymede in 1215. The display features images drawn from Parliament’s own collections as well as external institutions.
Magna Carta established the principle of the consent of the realm for the levying of taxation, a key function of Parliament, and in the centuries that followed it was enshrined as a parliamentary statute. During the seventeenth century Magna Carta became a reference point for those engaged in the struggle with Charles I, and its values were reflected in the Glorious revolution of 1688-89 and the subsequent evolution of Parliament as it became the democratic body we know today.
The exhibition will be on display at the following venues (dates to be confirmed):
A digital version of the exhibition is on display at The Hive, Worcester from 4th April 2015 to 30th June 2015. Further details can be found here.
The exhibition has been organised by the Parliamentary Archives. The Lead Curator is David Prior, Head of Public Services and Outreach in the Archives.
Image credit: ‘King John Assents to the Magna Carta 1215’, oil painting by Charles H. Sims, 1925-1927, WOA 2602 (detail).