Discover what life was like 800 years ago and catch a glimpse of an original Magna Carta as celebrations on the 800th anniversary continue.
A free exhibition runs from Saturday (July 25) to Saturday, September 5 at the Kent History and Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone.
You will be able to see the original Magna Carta from the issue made in 1300 by King Edward I to the borough of Faversham, one of the Cinque Ports.
The Magna Carta Rediscovered Touring Exhibition is produced by Visit Kent in partnership with Faversham Town Council*.
It features numerous interactive displays which allow visitors to find out more about the importance of the medieval Magna Carta.
It also takes a look at how it ties to today’s concepts of the freedom of the individual, democracy and society, with the Faversham Magna Carta as the centrepiece.
Innovative technologies include the opportunity to see your own name written in thirteenth century handwriting.
Alongside this is the exhibition ‘In Comitatu Kantie: Life in Kent at the time of Magna Carta’, produced by the Kent History and Library Centre, which will give a taste of life in Kent in the later middle ages.
Part of the exhibit traces the theme of shopping in the 13th century while another looks at how the law impacted on people’s lives. Other pieces include religion, music culture, and everyday life in the middle ages.
Documents from the county archive collections and objects contemporary to Magna Carta will illustrate how people lived, worked and played within the structure of the Law and the Church.
KCC Cabinet Member for Community Services Mike Hill said: “Magna Carta Rediscovered offers the chance to see an original Magna Carta close up.
“Visitors will be given detailed guidance on the background to Magna Carta, its sealing, history and modern legacy.
“I would encourage everyone to go and have a look as we celebrate 800 years and see what life was like back then.”
* This exhibition has been created by Faversham Town Council and Visit Kent, with support and contributions from: Heritage Lottery Fund, Magna Carta 800, Southeastern, The Alexander Centre Trust, Swale Borough Council, Professor Louise Wilkinson, Canterbury Christ Church University, The Magna Carta Project, The Faversham Society, Shepherd Neame Ltd.