Magna Carta talk in Holbeach

Lord Cormack.
Lord Cormack.
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Thousands of people will be making their way to the new home of Magna Carta in the year of its 800th anniversary.

And even if people in the district don’t get the chance to visit Lincoln Castle, the permanent home for the historic document, there is a chance for them to become involved in the anniversary.

The widescreen cinema inside the Magna Carta vault.

The widescreen cinema inside the Magna Carta vault.

Lord Cormack, an authority on Magna Carta and a key figure behind the Lincoln exhibition, is giving a talk on the subject for Holbeach & District Civic Society at the Reading Rooms in the town next Thursday, April 30 (7.30pm).

It’s regarded as a “major coup” for the society, and one brought about thanks to Coun Nick Worth, who had contact with Lord Cormack.

Nick says: “I am really looking forward to the talk by Lord Cormack. He has extensive knowledge about Magna Carta. He is a fascinating man.”

Roger Taylor, who chairs the civic society, said members “felt it was appropriate for the 800th anniversary to have a talk on the Magna Carta and the way it affects Britain today and us as individuals.”

Lord Cormack will talk in detail about the Magna Carta, and also briefly about another historic document, the 1217 Charter of the Forests. The talk is open to the public and entry is £4 to non-members.

The new Magna Carta vault will be officially opened on June 8.

On June 27, Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition – the biggest held in the county – will open at the Usher Gallery and The Collection and run until September 27.

It is this that Spalding is most closely linked to as treasures normally housed locally are being loaned for the exhibition.

Spalding Gentlemen’s Society curator Tom Grimes says four pieces are being made available from the collection, and said: “The society is proud to have in its collection items which are of such historic importance and welcomes the opportunity to share them more widely.”

A 16th century astrolabe, or star chart showing the position of stars at any given time, is being loaned. It was made by Sir Christopher Hatton, Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I.

Following the Norman Conquest, a lot of land was taken over by the new monarchy. The society is loaning a Charter of Inspeximus, confirming that land around Spalding would no longer be used as Royal hunting grounds.

Also in the exhibition is Crowland Cartulary, a book of legal manuscripts referring to the abbey’s land holdings, and a little bible, written in Latin in about 1260.

The society may also loan an 18th century printed copy of the Magna Carta.