Magna Carta Conference

It is highly appropriate that Canterbury, as one of the so-called Magna Carta Towns, had a central place in the 800th anniversary celebrations for Magna Carta in June 2015.

A copy of the 1215 Magna Carta survives today in a late thirteenth-century register (CCA-DCc-Register/E (General Cartulary, 1290-1300) now preserved in Canterbury Cathedral Archives. To help launch Canterbury’s celebrations, Canterbury Christ Church University co-hosted a conference on Saturday 6 June 2015 on Magna Carta, King John and the Civil War in Kent, in collaboration with Canterbury Cathedral Library and Archives, and the Canterbury Branch of the Historical Association. The conference showcased new and groundbreaking research on Kent's role during this pivotal period in English history.

More information on the 1215 Canterbury Magna Carta can be found here.

Read Sheila's round-up of the conference on the CKHH blog. 


Conference Programme:

Saturday 6 June 2015 (Og46, Old Sessions House)

  • 8.45-9.15am Registration and Coffee
  • 9.20am Welcome
  • 9.30-10.15am Dr Sophie Ambler (University of East Anglia), 'Pope Innocent III and the Interdict'
  • Professor Nicholas Vincent (University of East Anglia), 'Stephen and Simon Langton: Magna Carta's True Authors?'
  • 11.00-11.20 Coffee
  • 11.20-12.05 Professor Louise Wilkinson (Canterbury Christ Church University), ‘Canterbury in the Age of King John’
  • 12.05-12.50 Professor David Carpenter (King’s College London), ‘Canterbury’s Magna Carta’
  • 12.50-2pm Lunch
  • 2-2.45pm Dr Hugh Doherty (University of East Anglia), ‘The Lady, The Bear, and the Politics of Baronial London’
  • 2.45-3.30pm Dr Sean McGlynn (Open University), 'The Magna Carta Civil War in Kent'
  • 3.30-3.50 Tea 3.50-4.35pm Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh (Canterbury Christ Church University), ‘The Battle of Sandwich: A Decisive Naval Victory commemorated in Stone’
  • 4.35-5.20pm Mr Richard Eales (formerly University of Kent), ‘The Inheritance of Magna Carta; Kent in the Civil Wars of the 1260s’
  • 5.30pm Conference close

Conference organisers:

Mr Richard Eales and Professor Louise Wilkinson email:

We would like to thank the King's School for generously supporting this conference.

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