Magna Carta 800th anniversary commemorations

On 15 June 1215, King John agreed Magna Carta here in Runnymede. A variety of events took place in 2015 to mark the 800th anniversary.

The sealing of the Magna Carta has become recognised as one of the most important events in English history as it marked the road to individual freedom, parliamentary democracy and to the supremacy of law. In acknowledgement of this, Runnymede Borough Council, Surrey County Council, National Trust, Royal Holloway, Brunel University and associated stakeholders planned an events programme aimed at commemorating the 800th anniversary in Runnymede.

Legacy projects

A range of projects are planned to take place after the anniversary or their benefits will continue long after the anniversary. These are:

  • The Magna Carta Trust has arranged various legacy events. Please see the Magna Carta Trust website for more details.

  • Runnymede Explored smartphone application - launched in April (Royal Holloway, the National Trust, Surrey County Council, and Runnymede Borough Council). Further information on the Runnymede Explored app can be found on Royal Holloway's website.

  • The Leverhulme Magna Carta Doctoral Centre for Individual Freedom. Through the generous support of The Leverhulme Trust, Royal Holloway, University of London has created the Centre which will enable a team of doctoral students to work, across disciplinary boundaries, to generate research, thinking and public debate about the relevance of Magna Carta today. Further information on the Magna Carta Doctoral Centre can be found on Royal Holloway's website.

  • Runnymede Meadows, Ankerwycke and Runnymede Pleasure Ground site improvement projects to provide a better visitor offer (Surrey County Council, National Trust, Runnymede Borough Council, Royal Holloway, and Brunel University).

  • Magna Carta themed 'Question Time' with local students (Egham Museum and Runnymede Borough Council). Further information can be found on the Egham Museum website.

Past anniversary events

An official ceremony to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta took place on Runnymede Meadows on Monday 15 June 2015. The event, attended by Her Majesty The Queen, was organised by Surrey County Council and the National Trust.

Our acknowledgements go to the all those who helped make these events possible.

A special souvenir edition Runnymede Borough Guide was also created for the 800th anniversary.

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