Facsimile copies of two documents that shaped our history are displayed at Brighton Museum from April 17 to 13 May 2012.
This display, which coincides with the Council of Europe conference in Brighton to discuss the Future of the European Court of Human Rights, considers the role of The Magna Carta 1215 and the Treaty of London 1949. Both documents play a vital role in the story of Human Rights. On display will be a facsimile copy of the Magna Carta and the actual Treaty of London (on loan from the National Archive) two significant documents that changed English and European history.
Magna Carta 1215 the Great Charter, is one of the most celebrated documents in English history. The display includes a reproduction of the Magna Carta and an interactive screen to allow visitors to explore the significance and meaning of this iconic document.
The fame and influence of this Charter of Liberties are international. When first issued in 1215, Magna Carta was a practical solution to a political crisis, which served the interests of the English barons by limiting unjust and arbitrary behaviour by the King. It established the critical principle that the King, like his people, was subject to the law and not above it.
Also on display is The Treaty of London, 1949. Confronted with the task of rebuilding their nations after the devastation of the Second World War, representatives of ten European governments met in London in May 1949. They agreed the Treaty of London which founded the Council of Europe ‘for the purpose of safeguarding and realising the ideals and principles which are their common heritage’ and to promote prosperity and the ‘maintenance and further realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms’ through increasing European unity. The members sought to work together through diplomacy and international law.
The display also launches the British Library's programme to celebrate the forthcoming 800th anniversary of the granting of Magna Carta.
Brighton Museum closed 23 April to the 27 April inclusive.
Published 17th April 2012
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