Original copy of Magna Carta on display in London

Press Trust of India | | Updated on: Sep 18, 2011

An original copy of the Magna Carta, one of the world's most iconic documents, has gone on display in London today.

The City of London Corporation's Magna Carta, dating back to 1297, has been unveiled at the Guildhall Art Gallery's Roman Amphitheatre.

The document on display includes Edward I's seal and the original writ directed to the Sheriffs of London, ordering the Charter be promulgated within the City. The 1297 Charter was confirmed in Parliament, giving it statutory force.

John Scott, chairman of the City of London's Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, told the media: “The City of London's Magna Carta is a beautiful document which, over the centuries, has been preserved carefully by our ancestors and, more recently, by a team of conservators at one of our flagship services, London Metropolitan Archives.”

The City of London played an active role in the events that led to Magna Carta's creation in 1215 and the Mayor was appointed, along with the barons, to see that its provisions were carried out.

The charter first passed into law in 1225. The 1297 version, with the title The Great Charter of the Liberties of England, and of the Liberties of the Forest, still remains on the statute books of England and Wales.

Published on September 18, 2011
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