See All Four Magna Carta Manuscripts Together Next Year

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 42 months ago
See All Four Magna Carta Manuscripts Together Next Year

Cotton Claudius D II   F.116In February next year, for one day only, the British Library is bringing together all four of the Magna Carta manuscripts for the first time in 800 years.

For those who slept through secondary school history lessons, the Magna Carta was created in 1215 by King John and his barons, and formed the base of constitutional law in this country which remains to this day.

Whether you're into your history or not, there's no denying that this is a pretty auspicious occasion, so we were tempted to keep the following information to ourselves — but we're just too good to you.

Only 1,215 people will get the chance to attend this grand unification event and see the four documents together because the manuscripts date from the year 1215 (see what they did there?); and the free tickets are being awarded by ballot.  To enter, you just need to enter your details, and pick a timeslot on 3 February, on the British Library website. Alternatively, download the entry form and send it via snail mail.

If you're successful, you'll get the choice of whether you want one or two tickets. Strict ID processes will be in place to prevent the selling of tickets.

If you miss out, fear not - you can still see the four original  Magna Carta manuscripts from 1215 at separate exhibitions at the British Library, Lincoln Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral, all taking place in 2015 to mark the 800th anniversary.

The ballot is open until 31 October, and winners will be notified in November. Enter here.

Last Updated 07 October 2014