Magna Carta

Our new special exhibition, Magna Carta, opens on Saturday 16 July 2016.

Magna Carta is a touring exhibition from Castle Hedingham Parish Council and Braintree District Museum. Created to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the dealing of Magna Carta, the exhibition explores the impact of one of the most famous documents in English history on mediaeval Essex, where six of the 25 rebel barons lived.

Magna_Carta_1Alongside mediaeval artefacts from the collections of Saffron Walden Museum, you can see beautiful anniversary embroideries and pennants, a replica seal of King John and a facsimile of the Magna Carta itself. You can handle the replica seal, discover the language of the Magna Carta at an interactive sound station and make your own charter and seal to take home with you.

Magna Carta, “the Great Charter”, is one of the most important documents in the history of England. The charter was signed by King John of England on 15 June 1215 at Runnymede, near Windsor. It was designed to make peace between the unpopular king and a group of rebel barons, who were calling for limitations of the king’s power. It promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown, to be implemented through a council of 25 barons.

Magna_Carta_2One of those barons was Robert de Vere, the 3rd Earl of Oxford, who was based at Hedingham Castle in Essex. He was a key figure in the group of East Anglian rebels. You can find out about Robert’s role in the exhibition

Magna Carta is open from Saturday 16 July 2016 until Sunday 15 January 2017. Usual admission charges to the museum apply.