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What Does the Magna Carta Really Say?

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What Does the Magna Carta Really Say?

Post by Rowan » Tue April 3rd, 2012, 8:48 pm

Last month, the 1297 Magna Carta, a prized artifact at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., returned to view after ten months of conservation work. With funds from the document’s owner David M. Rubenstein, conservators at the archives used ultra-violet photography to reveal text that was lost to the naked eye due to water damage. They also removed old repairs and adhesives that were causing the document to contract, humidified and flattened the parchment and placed it in a high-tech case filled with inert argon gas, all to ensure that it is preserved long into the future. “We have every reason to believe that 800 years from now it will be in fabulous shape,” said Kitty Nicholson, deputy director of the National Archives Conservation Lab.
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Post by SGM » Tue April 3rd, 2012, 9:44 pm

There is a link here to a British Library lecture on the Great Charter,


of which there are several versions.

It appears that there was an idea to give away one of our copies to the US in the '60s but nothing came of it!!
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