Information on visiting The Record Office from 19th July 2021
We are looking forward to welcoming more people back to the Record Office. However the health & wellbeing of visitors and staff remain our key priority. We are therefore taking a more gradual approach to lifting our Covid safety measures. We continue to encourage the use of face coverings for visitors and staff. Visits are still by pre-booking only although unlimited items can now be ordered on demand again. Please see 'Book Your Visit' on our home page for revised booking procedures. Thank you for your patience whilst we implement our gradual reopening plan. UPDATE: The Record Office will be open on SATURDAY mornings 21 August, 4 September and 18 September. We will be CLOSED FOR STOCKTAKING from 25 September to 9 October (inclusive).
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.