Magna Carta 800th Embroideries

National touring exhibition comes to Braintree!
10 – 29 November 2015
Special Launch Event 9 November at 3pm.

We are very pleased to be hosting a national touring Magna Carta embroidery exhibition in November 2015 designed by one of the country’s top embroiderers – Rhoda Nevins. The Magna Carta 800thEmbroidery panels tell the story of how the Barons persuaded King John to agree to Magna Carta, arguably the most important legal document in our history, laying the foundation for justice and freedom, not only in this country but throughout the world.

Launch event

The exhibition will be opened at a special event on Monday 9 November from 3pm when Rhoda will be giving a talk on the creation of the embroideries. Tickets to the launch will cost £5 and must be purchased in advance. Please call 01376 328868 or email

Runnymede-hi-res1-216x300Designer: Rhoda Nevins

Rhoda is a member of the Royal School of Needlework and has worked on many high profile creations – she was part of the team that embroidered the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress and also embroidered two panels for the official Magna Carta prize-winning garden at the Chelsea Flower show. The panel embroidery project took three years to complete and Rhoda was helped by a dedicated team of volunteers. The touring exhibition will complement the museum’s exhibition ‘Medieval Toil & Trouble – Castle Hedingham : Magna Carta’. This display looks at local baron Robert de Vere’s involvement in the events of 1215, and explores the district in the early medieval period. This exhibition includes an anniversary embroidery created by the Castle Hedingham embroiderers’ guild.

Magna-Carta-Barons-shields-embroidery-195x300The Embroideries

Rhoda has designed the embroidery panels to depict the events that led up to the sealing of the Magna Carta in Charter Towns throughout the UK. Each Magna Carta Trust town has its own panel; these include Runnymede, Bury St Edmunds, St Albans, the City of London, Canterbury and Hereford. The five other panels depict how Magna Carta influenced the spread of law and order throughout the world from 1215 to the present day, with panels for America, Canada, Australia, India and South Africa. An additional panel shows the shields of the 25 barons who were present at the sealing. The panels are a lasting legacy to the country in honour of one of the most important historical events in our history.

Opening Times

The exhibition will be open during normal museum opening times 10am – 4pm Tuesday – Saturday. Normal admission charges will apply except on special museum event days. For further information on the exhibition please call the museum’s exhibition team on 01376 325266.