Magna Carta, 1297: Widely viewed as one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy. On display in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery. Presented courtesy of David M. Rubenstein.

In the East Rotunda Gallery
National Archives Building, Washington, DC

Press Kit

February 2012

1297 Magna Carta Encasement Project

On February 17, 2012, the 1297 Magna Carta returns to public display in a state-of-the-art encasement with a new interactive display. National Archives conservators performed an intensive examination and conservation treatment of Magna Carta in 2011.  The National Archives partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on the design and fabrication of the encasement.

The 1297 Magna Carta is on loan to the National Archives from David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group.


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