Magna Carta oak trees, Summer 2020

by Peter Sinclair on September 7, 2020


Pontefract’s yew tree, September 2020

by Peter Sinclair on September 22, 2020

Pontefract’s Magna Carta Yew Tree, grown since 2015 and due to be planted in Pontefract Castle soon.


The 1217 Charter of the Forest

July 2, 2017

To mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, issued by Henry III together with his reissue of the Charter of Liberties (to be known as Magna Carta in 1218 to differentiate it from the Charter of the Forest), a lecture was given by Christian Liddy of the University of Durham on 29 […]

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The Magna Carta Barons book

April 16, 2016

This is the first and only book to tell the story of the 25 Magna Carta Barons: who they were, what they did, and what happened to them after Magna Carta was sealed 800 years ago. ONLY A FEW COPIES LEFT! For more information and to order a copy…

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Magna Carta – did she die in vain?

September 29, 2015

As an antidote to the “Treason” video from Westminster Hall in July, here is a  short clip from Tony Hancock’s “Twelve Angry Men”, first broadcast by the BBC on 16 October 1959 in the fifth series of “Hancock’s Half Hour”.

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Treason? The trial of the Magna Carta Barons, Westminster Hall, 31 July 2015

September 28, 2015

For those lucky enough to have a ticket, an unusual event took place at Westminster Hall on 31 July 2015 – a mock trial of the Magna Carta Barons, organised by the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee and the UK Supreme Court. It was narrated by Gavin Esler, supported by the Usher, Derek Allen. […]

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Magna Carta Suite

August 21, 2015

Alex Hutton is a British composer/player with a different take on piano-trio jazz. The Magna Carta Suite, inspired by a walk through the Windsor woodlands, features classically pure double bassist Yuri Goloubev and exciting drummer Asaf Sirkis, plus occasional vocals, baroque flute and cor anglais. Flute whispers and Goloubev’s beautiful bowed sound weave through the […]

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Curry Mallet celebrations

July 2, 2015

Curry Mallet in Somerset, one of our smallest member villages, has done tremendous work organising and planning its events for June 2015. They’ve just posted a short film of what they’ve done – an achievement in itself!

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The Ballad of the Magna Carta

June 23, 2015

You may have heard this in the British Library exhibition. A cantata for narrator and bass soloists, SATB chorus and orchestra, first performed February 4, 1940, New York, CBS Radio, Burgess Meredith, narrator, Mark Warnow Orchestra, Mark Warnow, conductor. Music by Kurt Weill, text by Maxwell Anderson.

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Day 3: Lance sets off from Stansted Mountfitchet

June 22, 2015
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