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Information on visiting The Record Office from 11th October 2021

Our opening hours have returned to normal, except we are closed 12.30 - 13.30 for cleaning and ventilation. Searchroom capacity has been increased and there is now no need to book. The health and wellbeing of visitors and staff remain our key priority and we continue to encourage social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. Please see 'Visit Us' for more details, including opening hours. We look forward to welcoming back more visitors.

Magna Carta

Magna Carta

The Magna Carta or ‘Great Charter’ is famous throughout the world and the rights and freedoms it enshrines have been incorporated into many documents including the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It continues to be relevant today: 800 years after it was first issued by King John on 15 June 1215.
This exhibition explores its origins and the role of the local barons William D’Aubigny from Belvoir in Leicestershire and Saer de Quincy, Earl of Leicester who were two of the 25 barons guaranteeing the terms of the Charter. Both men are remembered by history as parties to one of the most famous documents in the world.
It also explains why the charter is still important in guaranteeing the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

Please contact us if you wish to borrow this exhibition.