An original 1215 copy of the Magna Carta has been installed for a long-awaited exhibition in Bury St Edmunds.
The priceless artefact, which is owned by Lincoln Cathedral and being loaned for the month long event at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, is one of only four copies of the ‘Great Charter’ made in 1215 that still exists.
The historic document paved the way for some of the liberties we enjoy today.
The exhibition, open throughout May, was made possible following the work of the Magna Carta 800 Committee to mark the 800th anniversary of a meeting of a group of Barons and the Archbishop of Canterbury, said to have been held at the Abbey in 1214 where they took an oath to force King John to put his seal to the Charter.
Admission to the exhibition is free but places must be booked in advance.