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Magna Carta in Art

Beginning with an introduction to Magna Carta, this talk will explain how the Great Charter itself was made, and how from the 18th century onwards it has been portrayed in numerous artistic ways on coins, antiquarian engravings, portraits, historical paintings, satirical cartoons, monumental sculpture and inside the Palace of Westminster itself.

Dr Caroline Shenton is the Archives Accommodation Programme Director for the Parliamentary Archives. Before becoming an archivist she was a medieval historian specialising in 13th and 14th century English royal court culture. Her book, The Day Parliament Burned Down, won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013.

This Festival of Freedoms event aligns with the Magna Carta banner from ‘The Beginnings of that Freedome' exhibition in Westminster Hall.


This event is free of charge, but please book your place.

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2015: Parliament in the Making

Join Parliament as we commemorate a series of major anniversaries in 2015: 750 years since De Montfort Parliament and 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta.