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Witness Magna Carta in Singapore

Missed the Magna Carta exhibition in Singapore? View the replica at the Li Ka Shing Library at Singapore Management University.

Hereford Magna Carta

To celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence Hereford Cathedral’s 1217 version of Magna Carta, one of only 4 such copies surviving, was on display to the public at an exhibition titled ‘800 years of Magna Carta’ from 19 November until 23 November 2015 at the Auditorium, Supreme Court of Singapore.

This was possible thanks to the kind support of Hereford Cathedral, host venue the Supreme Court of Singapore, Global Magna Carta Tour Sponsor British Airways and Singapore Magna Carta Sponsors Clifford Chance and Cavenagh Law LLP.

The Supreme Court had also arranged its own exhibition.

In addition, Hereford Cathedral’s Magna Carta was accompanied in Singapore by the only surviving copy of the 1215 King’s Writ, a letter from King John to local authorities announcing the issuing of Magna Carta.

The Magna Carta exhibition continues at the Li Ka Shing Library at Singapore Management University. This exhibition features the replica of the 1217 Magna Carta and 1215 King’s Writ and some of the displays from the former Magna Carta exhibition at the Supreme Court.

Magna Carta At SMU’s Li Ka Shing Library

Venue: Li Ka Shing Library, Level 2 (near Reserves area), 70 Stamford Road, Singapore 178901

Time: 1 pm to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday

Date: Tuesday 8 Dec 2015 to Friday 8 Jan, 2016

More information available here

About Magna Carta & #MagnaCartaTour

Magna Carta was an attempted truce in the year 1215 between ‘bad’ King John of England and leading figures, the Barons, who had rebelled against his unjust and arbitrary rule. Although it was filled with many detailed matters of concern to the Barons, it helped to develop the rule of law by establishing that everyone, including the king, was subject to the law.

Magna Carta’s issuing and reissuing by successive kings helped to develop parliamentary democracy, and Magna Carta has developed as a symbol of freedom, equality before the law, equal treatment and equal rights for all, inspiring for example the constitution of the United State of America and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a foundation for Common Law systems, which include the UK, Singapore and many other countries.

Rule of law has been central to the success of the legal sectors of both the UK and Singapore. Over 40 UK based or linked firms are registered in Singapore and UK judges play an active role in Singapore’s International Arbitration Centre and Commercial Courts, while Singapore Court judgments are now referred to in UK Courts.

Magna Carta Competition: #MagnaContest

Thank you! Contest is now closed.

Magna Carta is Latin for ‘Great Charter’. If you could issue a Great Charter of your own, what would put in it?

To enter our ‘Magna Contest’ tell us what rules you would put into your own Great Charter. These could be both serious and humorous. For example:

Everyone must speak to their neighbours at least once a day. In order to increase happiness, good food must be shared. For the benefit of tired eyes, all people to stay in bed an extra hour on Mondays. Selected entries will receive two cinema tickets to watch the new Star Wars Film, Star Wars The Force Awakens, which was filmed in the UK.

Public Talks on Magna Carta

Date: 9 November 2015

Timing: 6.00pm-7.30pm

Venue: Moot Court*

NUS Faculty of Law (Bukit Timah campus)

469G, Bukit Timah Road

Singapore 259776

*Next to The Summit Cafeteria

Admission: Free

Date: 11 November 2015

Timing: 7:00 to 8:30 pm (registration begins at 6:30 pm)

Venue: Mochtar Riady Auditorium

Singapore Management University

Level 5, Administration Building

81 Victoria Street

Singapore 188065

Admission: Free

Replicas of the Magna Carta will be on display at these talks.

Magna Carta Exhibition Media Release

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Summary Story of the Global Tour

History of Magna Carta and its 800th Anniversary

About Hereford Cathedral’s role in the Magna Carta and 800th Anniversary Global Tour

Prime Minister David Cameron’s Speech for the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta

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Published 3 November 2015