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A level Politics trip to the British Library

Year 12 Government and Politics students visited the Magna Carta exhibition at the British Library to see the rare manuscripts, historical artefacts and documents which contain the first sources of the English Bill of Rights, signed at Runnymede by King John in June 1215 – 800 years ago exactly.

The exhibition links the historical origins of the rule of law and property rights in medieval England to the development of constitutional monarchy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as current debates on the Human Rights Act and Britain’s still uncodified constitution. The exhibition thus helped to consolidate students’ academic study of UK constitution as part of the Unit 2 syllabus, affording them an insight into the genesis of the modern UK political system and its continuing deficiencies.