21 May 2015 — 28 June 2015
Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (Map)
This display marks the anniversary of the Great Charter agreed on 15 June 1215 between King John and his barons at Runnymede near Windsor. The Charter declared that no free man should be imprisoned without due process, binding the King to the rule of law.
The official issues of the Charter on show, together with a variety of contemporary documents drawn from the Library's rich collections, explain the political background to the Charter and the ways in which its contents were made known to the people in the county courts.
The display also illustrates the re-issue of the Charter at moments of political crisis in subsequent years - a process which gradually turned the Charter from a peace treaty of the moment to an enduring inspiration for concepts of individual liberty and constitutional government worldwide.
Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm
Admission freeDisplays; Free events