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This exhibition presents a unique opportunity to see all three issues of Durham Cathedral’s Magna Carta, one of the most influential texts in British history and a document which still exerts influence today. The exhibition will display the only surviving copy of the 1216 issue, and further issues from 1225 and 1300. These will be displayed alongside their associated Forest Charters, from 1217, 1225 and 1300.
The Forest Charter, first issued in 1217, is a complementary charter to the Magna Carta, and in the 800th anniversary year of its first issue, this group of six documents will be displayed together for the first time, alongside an exhibition exploring the continuing significance and impact of these charters, and what they meant for Durham and the North of England.