Islanders will be able to view some of Jersey’s most important historic documents, thanks to a new exhibition at Jersey Archive.
Access is free and the items will be on show from 9th June to the end of the year. The documents on display are facsimiles but, to celebrate 800 years of Magna Carta, the original of Jersey’s oldest Royal Charter dated 1378 will be on display at the Archive for two weeks from 9th until 18th June.
Medieval charters form the written basis of our rights, privileges and freedoms. They underpin and have echoes in documents such as the American Bill of Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Magna Carta, or the Great Charter, is one of the most celebrated documents in English and International History. At its centre, it contains a clause which enshrines the principle that all people; from Kings to Commoners, have an equal right to justice and that no individual is above the law.
‘To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice’
These powerful concepts of equality cross all backgrounds and the right for all to a fair legal process are ones that many individuals and countries still strive to achieve today; 800 years after Magna Carta was signed.
Magna Carta had no direct legal effect in Jersey but, through the laws and customs of Normandy, Islanders also had the right to demand those same fundamental concepts of equality and justice