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Hall of Fame place for Magna Carta
MAGNA Carta 1215 has been voted as one of the nation’s top treasures and is featured in England’s ultimate Hall of Fame exhibition, which celebrates St George’s Day this week.
The search for nominations for the Hall of Fame to celebrate the best of what the nation has brought to the world, began in February when Visit England, the national tourist board, asked the public to submit their suggestions.
The Hall of Fame app received almost 1,000 submissions ranging from Harry Potter to Harry Styles, the mini skirt to the tuxedo, The Beatles to punk music, and Earl Grey tea to the Scotch egg.
A panel of experts awarded bronze, silver and gold across six categories: history and heritage; the great, the good and the notorious; food and drink; inventions and discoveries; sport and leisure; and culture and entertainment.
Magna Carta, the best surviving copy of which is on display at Salisbury Cathedral, took the bronze award in the History and Heritage category.
David Coulthard, director of marketing and communications at the cathedral, said "We’re delighted that Magna Carta 1215 has been included in England’s Hall of Fame, which showcases such an eclectic range and variety of what makes our nation so distinctive.
“As home to the finest of the four surviving Magna Carta 1215, which is on permanent display to the public in our beautiful 13th century Chapter House, we know how many thousands of people visit specifically to see the document which is the basis of democracy, law and order, and social justice.
“We’re very busy preparing for its 800th anniversary in 2015 when we will be running a programme of events as part of the national and international celebrations at the heart of which is a fabulous new interactive exhibition bringing to life Magna Carta’s history and continuing significance.”
Magna Carta is regarded by historians as the foundation of constitutional liberty in the English-speaking world.
• The free, one-off week-long exhibition Hall of Fame showcasing the best of England opens to the public today, St George's Day, at the open air Observation Point on London’s Southbank, and runs until Wednesday, April 30.
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