Magna Carta Through the Ages

The Society's summer exhibition, celebrating the 800th Anniversary of of the sealing of Magna Carta, received more than 14,000 visitors during its 10-week run (including visitors to the exhibition, ten educational workshops, six Magna Carta public lectures, unique Museum Late event, private views, and more).

The exhibition was generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Headley Trust, Ruddock Foundation for the Arts and Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee.

The additional support allowed us to appoint two project staff, Miranda Garret (Exhibition Officer) and Hannah Carter (Education & Outreach Officer), who have both worked hard on delivering the exhibition. They were supported by the Project Working Group led by Heather Rowland, Head of Library and Collections. Objectives Museum Design developed an imaginative, modern display for the exhibition in the Council Room. A seven-minute introductory film in the Meeting Room and a free catalogue supported the exhibition interpretation.

We had 42 visitor assistants, including students, retirees, people looking for work or career experience and three Fellows. They all received overwhelmingly positive visitor feedback; one visitor claimed that gallery staff and volunteers at other museums could learn from our volunteers.

This project allowed us to make real progress in achieving our goal of making our collections more accessible to a wider public. The exhibition has attracted visitors of all ages, from all over the world to Burlington House. A special Magna Carta Museum Late event (extended evening exhibition hours) attracted an audience of families, university students, young urban professionals, and seasoned cultural consumers.

We also engaged with new online audiences during this exhibition. The introductory film and recordings of the public lectures can be found on the exhibition web page. There, you can also find our crowd-sourced audio recordings of the 37 clauses from the 1225 Magna Carta (social media volunteers also supplied an image or video to represent the clause they recorded). Our Magna Carta Digital Resource (comprising full text transcriptions and digital images of each of our three copies) went live on 15 June.

Thank you to all who helped make this exhibition successful!

Images from our exhibition have been posted to our Facebook page (Facebook account not necessary to view images).

Further Information for Editors and Writers

Please contact Communications Officer Renée LaDue with further questions or requests: email or call 020 7479 7086.

Exhibition Details
Magna Carta Through the Ages
26 May to 31 July
Free Admission
Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players' money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.

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About the Headley Trust

The Headley Trust is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Its support for Arts and Heritage charities in the UK spans more than 40 years. It includes grants for industrial and maritime heritage projects, national and regional museums and galleries, rural crafts, and a range of archaeological projects.

About the Ruddock Foundation for the Arts

The Foundation supports art historical research, scholarly museum exhibitions and the redisplay of historic museum collections as well as supporting the performing and dramatic arts.

About the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee

The Magna Carta Trust's 800th Anniversary Commemorative Committee is charged the the Magna Carta Trust to co-ordinate activities, raise the profile of the anniversary and deliver a number of key national and international aspirations. For more information, visit

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