Bookings open today (Monday) for the chance to see an original 1215 copy of Magna Carta at a special exhibition in Bury St Edmunds.
Admission will be free but places must be booked in advance to see the historic document, loaned by Lincoln Cathedral, a on display at St Edmundsbury Cathedral through May.
Margaret Charlesworth, chairwoman of Bury’s Magna Carta 800 Committee, said: “” I advise everyone who wants to see it to book early because places will be strictly limited with just 30 people allowed through the doors for each public viewing session.”
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to have the Lincoln copy of Magna Carta here in Bury St Edmunds and it’s taken a couple of years of hard work and negotiation to put on the exhibition.”
Bookings can be made online at www.westsuffolkdiary.co.uk
Bury St Edmunds had a significant role in the history of the Magna Carta. It s believed that in November 1214 a group of 25 Barons and the Archbishop of Canterbury met at the Abbey to swear an oath to force King John to put his seal to the charter at Runnymede the following year.
The Magna Carta 800 Committee’s project is being led by the Bury Society, working with St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the Borough Council, to deliver the exhibition as well as an ambitious light and sound show in October. It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The town’s Magna Carta 800 celebrations will continue throughout the summer. The two main projects have a total value of just over £101,000 and £86,400 has been awarded as an ‘Our Heritage’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.