Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magna Carta Seen by More Than 15,000

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magna Carta Seen by More Than 15,000

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Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com

MORE than 15,000 visitors have flocked from around the world to see the only Magna Carta on display in the North.

Durham University's Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt opened at Palace Green Library in June and is set to run until the end of August.

Thousands of visitors have attended the exhibition, which at first outsold the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition.

By the end of August, it is expected that 17,000 people from 22 countries around the globe will have visited.

The exhibition commemorates 800 years since King John first sealed Magna Carta and features the only surviving 1216 issue of the charter, on loan from the neighbouring Durham Cathedral.

However, rather than look at Magna Carta as a document of wisdom and magnanimity, the exhibition puts it in the context of resistance to authority, including the Wars of the Roses, the Great Reform Act, women's suffrage and the recent Occupy movement. …

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