The Magna Carta Research Project

Scholars at Canterbury Christ Church University are contributing to a major research project on Magna Carta, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom.

The three-year project, whose completion is timed to coincide with the 800th anniversary of the Great Charter’s issue in the summer of 2015, is delivering a comprehensive new website which looks at the making, meaning and impact of Magna Carta.

The project is led by:

  • Professor Nicholas Vincent of the University of East Anglia,


  • Dr Louise Wilkinson, reader in medieval history at Canterbury Christ Church University,
  • Professor Paul Brand, All Souls’ College, Oxford,
  • Dr Claire Breay of the British Library,
  • Professor David Carpenter, King’s College London,
  • Professor Andy Day of the University of East Anglia.

The academic researchers on the project are Dr Sophie Ambler and Dr Henry Summerson, with technical expertise from Geoffrey French.

The project website, which is intended to become the first port of call for anyone interested in Magna Carta, provides new transcriptions and translations of the 1215 and 1225 issues of Magna Carta, including the first ever detailed commentary on the standard 1225 text and the first commentary since 1914 on the original version issued by King John in 1215. 

The project is also bringing together, for the first time, all the original acta of King John (r.1199-1216), with accompanying digital images.

By 2015, the project team hopes not only to explain who wrote Magna Carta, but also the context and the circumstances in which this most significant of constitutional documents was born.

The work of the project is also developing teaching materials for schools.

The project will assist in the mounting of a major exhibition at the British Library in the anniversary year, 2015, and be accompanied by an international conference in London that will be open to the general public, media and scholars. 


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