24 March 2015
Magna Carta Website is Now Live
The British Library is a hive of Magna Carta-inspired activity at the moment. Our major exhibition, Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy, has been open for just over a week, and has been packed every day of its run. A catalogue featuring introductory essays and descriptions and illustrations of almost every object in the show has been published by the Library. And we've also hosted the first events to accompany the exhibition, including talks by renowned Magna Carta expert Professor Nicholas Vincent (University of East Anglia) and Julian Harrison and Alexander Lock, members of the curatorial team.
We're delighted to announce that our dedicated Magna Carta website is now live. It features a whole wealth of Magna Carta-related material, including:
- articles by distinguished contributors such as Shami Chakrabarti, Dan Jones, Geoffrey Robertson, and Joshua Rozenberg
- illustrated descriptions of the items on display in Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy
- a range of teaching resources for use in primary and secondary schools
- a series of videos, including talking heads such as William Hague and two animations narrated by Terry Jones
Liberty Suspended (1817), on show in our Magna Carta exhibition and featured on our website
We are particularly proud of our new animations, and you can watch them both here. The first is titled What is Magna Carta?, and deals with the medieval story of what is one of the most famous documents in the world. The second animation, 800 Years of Magna Carta, focuses on the legacy of the Great Charter. Our animations were made by Beakus, and were scripted by members of the British Library's curatorial and Learning teams.
We're really hopeful that our fantastic website will become the key resource for finding out more about the history and legacy of Magna Carta. We like it, and we hope that you will, too!
Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy is open at the British Library until 1 September 2015. Entry costs £12, under 18s enter free and other concessions are available.