A Piece of History

King John of England signing Magna Carta

King John of England signing the Magna Carta on June 15, 1215, at Runnymede; colored wood engraving, 19th century.

An original edition of “Magna Carta,” and the only known example of the King’s Writ — a letter from King John to the Sheriff of Gloucester announcing the signing of the Magna Carta — is headed to Houston. Participants in “Magna Carta: Power, Wealth and Libertywill have the chance to hear from experts on several aspects of Magna Carta’s significance as well as life in Medieval England.

Over the course of five meetings prior to a guided tour of the exhibit at the museum, participants will hear from Sir Robert Rogers, the Clerk of the British House of Commons, an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple Inn of Court as well as scholars Paul Brace, Ph.D., Bruce R. O’Brien, Ph.D., Newell Boyd, Ph.D. and martial arts historian John Clements who will lecture on the arms, armor and chivalric work of knights and provide a demonstration of replica arms and armor from the era.

Enrich your experience at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s exhibit by learning the backstory of what is often considered Great Britain’s most valuable export to the world. Join us Wednesday, February 19 for our first class meeting in the new Anderson-Clarke Center.

Kim Espinosa


Kim Espinosa, Marketing Specialist

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