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Free Resources: Discovery Education to Host Global Virtual Field Trip to Commemorate Magna Carta Anniversary

Posted Jun 5, 2015
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On Monday, June 15 at 9:30 AM EST, Discovery Education will host a live, global virtual field trip from The National Archives in London to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. The sealing of Magna Carta, also known as “The Great Charter,” was a revolutionary moment in world history 800 years ago. Open to classrooms worldwide, this one-of-a-kind virtual experience will focus on the importance and history of Magna Carta.

During this virtual field trip, participating students and educators will have the unique opportunity to see Magna Carta documents held in both The National Archives in London and The National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. Hosted by broadcaster and author Dan Snow and TV and radio presenter Diane Louise Jordan, this 30-minute broadcast will be streamed live from London and explore the history of Magna Carta, as well as its effect on human rights development in the subsequent centuries. Students will also visit the National Archives in Washington, D.C. where they will see one of four surviving originals of the 1297 Magna Carta and hear from Curator Alice Kamps as she discusses the significance that Magna Carta has had on the history of the United States.

Magna Carta subjected the king to the rule of law and enshrined core principles of modern liberty and democracy. The charter failed to resolve conflict between King John and his barons, but following John’s death the charter was reissued in 1216 and 1217 in the name of his infant son, Henry III. By 1225, Henry ruled in his own right. He reissued Magna Carta as a personal commitment to rule in accordance with its principles. The 1225 reissue became the definitive text of Magna Carta. The charter is written in Latin and is authenticated by Henry’s Great Seal.

The broadcast will be streamed live on Discovery Education’s website, where classrooms can register at no cost by visiting An archive of the event will be available for viewing a few days following the event.

Source: Discovery Education,

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