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Wiltshire and the Magna Carta

Wiltshire and the Magna Carta

2015 is a year for historical anniversaries such as the anniversary of Gallipolli, the Battle of Waterloo and the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. Through its assertion of justice and the rule of law over the power of the monarchy, Magna Carta (which is Latin for ‘Great Charter’) has become a powerful symbol of human rights, referenced by the Founding Fathers of the United States in the 19th century and by Nelson Mandela in his defence at his trial in 1964. The Magna Carta is of particular interest to us: Claire Skinner, Principal Archivist at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham reveals how Wiltshire has several local connections to this famous document.

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