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Magna Carta - 800 years of Law, Liberty and Legacy

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is marking 800th anniversary of Magna Carta by publishing a new film which examines how academic research is critical in underpinning a major exhibition at the British Library.

This short film shines a light on the AHRC-funded Magna Carta Project – a landmark research project which has brought together the UK’s leading medieval experts to apply the latest research techniques to Magna Carta - one of the most famous documents in the world.

Filmed at the British Library’s blockbuster exhibition, Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy, the film offers a tantalising glimpse of some of the exhibition's key pieces, including two of the four surviving 1215 Magna Carta manuscripts, the Declaration of Independence,  and the US Bill of Rights which is on display  in the UK for the first time.

The exhibition and  film also showcase artworks, medieval manuscripts, royal remains, weaponry and 800 year old garments, through to modern interpretations and satires of the document. The collection tells a revealing and inspiring story of how Magna Carta has become a global symbol of freedom.

This film tells how scholarly research is continuing to reveal new information about Magna Carta and how the Law, Liberty, Legacy exhibition is taking that research to a global public audience.  

To find out more about the research, visit the Magna Carta Project website

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy runs until 1 September 2015 at the British Library.  

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10/06/2015 7.41