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SCHOOL CHILDREN TO SEE LAST SURVIVING ORIGINAL COPIES OF MAGNA CARTA

paraliamentmagnacartaOn Thursday (5th February), children from eight schools around the country – including the Isle of Wight – will have the opportunity to view the four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta documents in the Houses of Parliament.

The four copies of the 1215 Magna Carta manuscripts are being loaned to Parliament for one day by the organisations that hold and display them on a permanent basis – two from the British Library, one from Salisbury Cathedral and one from Lincoln Cathedral – to launch the exhibition ‘Magna Carta & Parliament’. The exhibition will chart the constitutional journey from Magna Carta to today’s parliamentary democracy using iconic documents from the Parliamentary Archives, including the Bill of Rights 1689 and the Great Reform Act 1832.

The exhibition will be seen by the public visiting Parliament between 9th and 26th February 2015, and elements of it will be on display at venues in the UK as part of the De Montfort outreach project being run by the Parliamentary Archives during 2015.

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Pupils from Ryde School with Upper Chine in Ryde will be making the trip up to London next Thursday, visiting in two groups.

The schools were selected to view the documents through various methods, including a national mail-out to all UK schools about the programme of anniversary events in 2015.

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