Magna Carta goes back on display

Magna Carta goes back on display

Published by Mike Draper at 5:42am 4th February 2019. (Updated at 5:04pm 4th February 2019)

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The precious document returns to Salisbury Cathedral after it was attacked with a hammer last October.

The 803-year-old Magna Carta was undamaged in the incident, but the outer case in which it was kept did break.

A new display cabinet has now been made with extra safety features, giving it the highest security rating of any case in the UK.

The old and new case have both been made by Click Netherfield.

Magna Carta Smashed Glass February 2019
The Chapter House, where the Magna Carta's put on display in the perfect conditions

Stephen Richards, Head of Business Development told Spire FM:

"It's important to our clients that our cases are very secure but also good to look at, and environmentally effective, so design is a key part of our process. When you are the custodian of an irreplaceable document like Magna Carta, you want to know that the case environment is stable and things like humidity and air exchange are well under control, as well as knowing it is secure."

During the three months that Magna Carta was off display the Cathedral exhibited a copy in its place.

Magna Carta Copy February 2019
The copy is nearly as good as the original, but Salisbury Cathedral wanted to get the real thing back on display

Emily Naish, Cathedral archivist, said:

"I know it is not the real thing, but the facsimile is an extraordinarily fine copy and we are lucky to have it. Of course, a facsimile, however good, is never a complete substitute for visitors wanting the thrill of seeing the real Magna Carta in person so it is fantastic that we are now able to have Magna Carta back on display in a safe and secure environment."

The original damaged case will also be put on display, forming part of a new exhibit.

Magna Carta Smashed Glass February 2019
The smashed glass is on show within the Chapter House too

If you want to see the Magna Carta now it's back you can go to the Cathedral's 13th Century Chapter House during these times:

Winter opening times (31 October - 20 March) - 10.00 to 16.30 Monday to Saturday and 11.00 to 16.00 on Sundays.

Summer opening hours (28 March - 30 October) - 09.30 to 16.30 and 11.00 to 16.00.

A man who was arrested in connection with the attack is still on police bail.

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