Magna Carta Through the Ages

26 May to 31 July | Free Admission

Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, London



Visiting Hours

Monday: 13.00 – 16.00

Tuesday - Friday: 10.00 – 16.00

Saturday - Sunday: closed

Special Events

Museum Late (19 June):  18.00 – 20.30

Explore the exhibition after hours - for FREE!

School Group Workshops: 10.00 – 12.00

(Select Mondays; booking required)

About the Exhibition

This special exhibition commemmorates the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. The exhibition will use the Society's three copies of Magna Carta to explore the antiquarian interest in the 'Great Charter' through the centuries and show the ways in which Magna Carta has continued to be relevant to successive generations. These include:

  • A copy of the 1215 charter;
  • A copy of the 1225 reissue in an early 14th-century collection of statutes;
  • A unique roll copy of the reissue in 1225.

Magna Carta 1225

Volunteers read and interpret all 37 clauses

The playlist featured above includes videos submitted by staff and volunteers! Those involved in the project were each assigned one of the 37 clauses of the 1225 Magna Carta (reissued by Henry III). The translations for each clause were taken from the National Archive's online resource. Each participant was asked to produce an audio recording of themselves reading the clause, and to supply an image or video interpreting the clause or representing Magna Carta in general.

We received a fantasticly diverse array of submissions...people set up scenes with Legos and photographed them, created videos, took photos, made drawings, did screen recordings of digital artwork and more. We are so proud of everyone who participated, and we hope you enjoying exploring the 37 clauses of Magna Carta 1225 in this way.

Magna Carta Online - A New Digital Resource

In conjuction with this exhibition and the celebrations for the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, the Society has published a online transcriptions and detailed images of three of its copies of the charter, a unique research tool for scholars studying changes to Magna Carta over time.


Visit the Digital Magna Carta >



This exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Headley Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee and the Ruddock Foundation for the Arts.

Conservation for 13th-century and 14th-century volumes of Magna Carta was recently completed with the help of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Art Conservation Project.

Magna Carta Lecture Series (2015)

The Society has prepared six lectures from leading historians to help explain the impact of Magna Carta around the world through the ages.

Lectures are FREE and open to the public. However, space is limited and advanced registration is recommended to avoid disappointment. Call 020 7479 7080, email, or book online today!

800th Anniversary Of The Sealing Of Magna Carta

To learn more about the national programme of events celebrating this important anniversary, visit