Magna Carta lectures

Five experts will give fascinating insights into Magna Carta at a series of free lectures in Faversham, supported by sponsors including South East Water.

The talks coincide with the 800th anniversary of the completion of the document, widely regarded as the foundation of democracy. Faversham has sealed its own place in Magna Carta history with its ownership of an edition dated 1300. It was The Great Charter’s last reissue and bears King Edward I’s seal.

The town also boasts a set of 17 charters dating from 1252 to 1685, considered of world importance. A selection of these will be displayed alongside Faversham’s Magna Carta in an exhibition which will tour Kent throughout the summer.

Starting the national celebration are The Alexander Lectures: The Magna Carta Series, which feature historians Dr David Starkey, Peter Tann, Prof Louise Wilkinson and Richard Eales, as well as human rights expert Prof Stephen Bowen.

The free talks, organised by The Alexander Centre and Faversham Town Council, will explore Magna Carta’s role in establishing democracies and human rights across the world.

Jo Osborn South East Water’s Head of Communications, said: “We know Faversham is a town which has a rich history some of which was uncovered when we laid new water mains in Middle Row, in 2013. During excavations our archaeologists uncovered the remains of a medieval gaol which dated back to the 14th Century. That important discovery revealed a previously unknown aspect of the town’s history.
“We are pleased to be able to continue to support Faversham as it celebrates its role in such an important piece of history as Magna Carta.”

The free lectures will take place every Thursday at 7.30pm from May 28 to June 25. Tickets are available by visiting the Alexander Centre, 15-17 Preston Street, Faversham, telephone 01795 594460 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

May 28: Peter Tann, Kent-based historian and author of The Royal Charters of Faversham

June 4: Prof Louise Wilkinson, Professor of Medieval History, Canterbury Christ Church University

June 11: Richard Eales, former Head of History, University of Kent

June 18: Dr David Starkey, historian and television presenter

June 25: Prof Stephen Bowen, Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Queen Mary, University of London


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