Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Gallery: Original copy of Magna Carta arrives in Bury St Edmunds

18:08 23 April 2014

A copy of the Magna Carta at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.

A copy of the Magna Carta at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.

Archant

An original 1215 copy of the Magna Carta has now been installed at St Edmundsbury Cathedral ahead of an exhibition which will give people from the area a rare opportunity to see it.

This priceless document, which has helped ensure we have some of the freedoms and rights we enjoy today, is actually an 18-inch square piece of parchment made from sheepskin with text in Latin.

Today, Chris Woods, director of the National Conservation Service, carefully transported the historic charter with two escorts from Lincoln Cathedral to the cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.

The Magna Carta will be on display in St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s treasury - protected by security - throughout next month as part of Bury’s celebrations to mark the town’s significant link with the document.

This year marks the 800th anniversary of when a group of barons and the Archbishop of Canterbury reputably met at the abbey in 1214 to take an oath to force King John to put his seal to the charter, which happened at Runnymede the following year.

It has taken more than two years’ work by the local Magna Carta 800 Committee to bring the copy to the town.

Margaret Charlesworth, who chairs the committee, which is part of the Bury Society, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see the Lincoln Magna Carta here in Bury St Edmunds and very excited about the exhibition that opens on May 1.

“I’ve been involved in the plans to commemorate the 800th anniversary nationally since they started and it’s wonderful to see all the hard work come to fruition. Our project manager Alan Baxter and the cathedral’s Sub-Dean Matthew Vernon have worked tirelessly – it’s been a fantastic team effort.”

Mr Baxter said the significance of the Magna Carta had become far greater today than people thought it would be at the time.

He said: “It’s become strangely more relevant through time because people’s perception of rights are so different to what they were in Medieval times.”

Mr Woods, who is the only person allowed to handle the charter, said the idea of trial by jury was in the Magna Carta and it laid down the principle of the protection of indigenous peoples.

The document at St Edmundsbury Cathedral is one of four remaining copies out of probably 40 that were written, Mr Woods said.

The Lincoln copy, which is owned by Lincoln Cathedral, is kept in a humidity and temperature-controlled case and there have to be low light levels.

Mr Woods said the document was “a national treasure” which historically speaking was priceless, but for insurance purposes had a valuation in the 10s of millions. “It needs to be extremely secure,” he said.

More than 2,000 people have already booked their place to see the exhibition. The first few days are already full, but tickets, which are free, can be booked by visiting www.burymagnacarta.org

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

England's Harry Martin in 2014.

The greatest sporting spectacle on the planet is almost upon us once again.

An East of England Ambulance Service Trust vehicle. Photograph Simon Parker

An elderly woman was taken to hospital on Sunday after she collided with a car in Beccles which then did not stop.

Abellio Greater Anglia

A person has been pronounced dead after being struck by a train near Needham Market station.

Cupola House, in Bury St Edmunds

A steak and lobster restaurant from Southend is understood to be moving into the newly-renovated Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds.

It's hot up there!

You know it’s hot when your thighs stick together. For men out there, it’s more of a woman thing, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Voters at Whiting Street EU polling station, Bury St Edmunds.

Around 7% of people who voted for Brexit in Suffolk and north-east Essex now regret their decision, a poll by this newspaper has found.

Emma Young, assistant nurse at St Helena Hospice in Colchester.

The hospice star who moved staff and patients to tears with a beautiful Adele rendition which has gone viral has said she would relish the chance to release a Christmas song for the charity.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24