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Sandwich's Magna Carta comes to the town as part of the Visit Kent exhibition

By Emily Stott

Sandwich’s Magna Carta will be returning to the town in a new exhibition from today (Thursday).

It will be on display as part of the Visit Kent’s Magna Carta Rediscovered exhibit which has been making its way around the county.

Along with the 1300 copy of the historic document given to Sandwich Town Council, there will also be displays of the Charter of Forest, Faversham’s Magna Carta, and lots of information on its history.

Oliver Dunn Volunteer Assistant Project Manager, and town clerk Laura Fiddler

Oliver Dunn Volunteer Assistant Project Manager, and town clerk Laura Fiddler

It will run from Thursday, September 24 to Tuesday, October 6 and will be open every day from 9am to 6pm.

As part of the exhibition there will be a variety of merchandise on offer from books, toys, coins and copies of the document itself.

 

There will also be daily Sandwich history tours available from the Guildhall at 2pm each day.

Collection of Sandwich in Delf Street will be joining in with the festivities with a Magna Carta themed window display and 13% discount during each day
of the exhibit.

Merchandise for the Magna Carta

Merchandise for the Magna Carta

To celebrate the free Magna Carta Rediscovered exhibition in Sandwich there will be plenty of events and fun.

On Saturday, there’s free Medieval Music on the Forecourt. Sandwich’s own Rough Musicke will be playing between noon and 1pm. They use a selection of reproduction medieval instruments to play traditional tunes.

Local arts and crafts stalls will also be open from 9am to 4pm, courtesy of Polly and Paloma’s handmade happenings.

Mayoress of Sandwich, Mayor Paul Graeme, Admiral of the Fleet The Lord Boyce and wife Fleur

Mayoress of Sandwich, Mayor Paul Graeme, Admiral of the Fleet The Lord Boyce and wife Fleur

There will be more historical fun on Saturday, October 3, at various times throughout the day there will be free street theatre from the Robin Hoodeners at the Guildhall Forecourt.

As well as performances from the Robin Hoodeners there will also be a medieval fundraiser at the Red Cow pub in Moat Sole.

The aim is to help raise money for the Mercury-backed Bring it Home campaign. The staff will wear costumes and there will also be themed food on the menu and Rough Musicke will perform again.

Prints by calligrapher Julia Baxter, who has re-created Sandwich’s Magna Carta, will be available, with half the profits going to the Bring it Home campaign.

Celebrations finish on Friday, October 16, with Robbers, Rebels and Royals at 8pm at St Mary’s Arts Centre. Early music stars Joglaresa will be joined by harp-playing, folk-singing storyteller Nick Hennessey.

Advance tickets £8 from www.B-A-S-H.org.uk.

Tickets £10 on the door.

Half of all ticket sales will go to the Mercury-backed fundraising campaign to bring the Sandwich Charters home permanently.

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