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Magna Carta trip to USA
1:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
HEREFORD Cathedral’s copy of the Magna Carta is to go on display in America for six months next year.
The document, dating from 1217, will feature as part of an exhibition at Houston Museum of Natural Science in Texas from February 14 until mid-August.
It will be accompanied by the King’s Writ, a document from 1215 giving local sheriffs advance warning of the famous charter’s arrival.
The loan has been negotiated by Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust and will be the first time that either document has left the cathedral since they were received in the early 13th century, except for a brief period when they were put into a safe during the Second World War.
Canon Chris Pullin, chancellor of Hereford Cathedral, said: “As we approach the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215, along with the issuing of our King’s Writ, we are delighted to be able to share these documents with our American friends.
“On both sides of the Atlantic we have come to see Magna Carta as an iconic milestone on the long road of human liberties and justice.
Many world leaders have been inspired by what it stands for, and we hope that this loan will strengthen the resolve of a new generation to safeguard the values of justice, peace and liberty.”
The charter was important in the colonization of America as England’s legal system was used as a model for many of the colonies as they were developing their own legal systems.
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