Magna Carta programs and events

  • Author lectures and book signings, August 15 and 16, 2 p.m. MTS Classrooms. Free.

    Join us for fascinating lectures by Dr. Carolyn Harris, author of the new book “Magna Carta and its Gifts to Canada” and professor of history at the University of Toronto. On August 15, Harris will explain the connections between the Magna Carta and Canada’s constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as its linkages to the American and French revolutions. She will reveal the story of how the Magna Carta rose from centuries of obscurity to be seen as a foundational document for modern democracy. On August 16, Harris will explain the connections between the Magna Carta and women’s rights. In England in the 13th century, tradition dictated that a widow could choose her second husband, or decide not to remarry. King John ignored this custom, rewarding his supporters by letting them marry wealthy widows. The right of noble widows to determine their own futures was included in Magna Carta, setting precedents for future legislation that upheld women’s rights.

  • Performances by Winnipeg Early Music Society, August 22 and 23, September 12 and 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as August 29 at 1:30 p.m. Bonnie & John Buhler Hall. Free.

    Enjoy songs and music from the time of the Magna Carta. Join us for a sampling of music from the era performed by the Winnipeg Early Music Society.

  • Calligraphy workshops, August 22, 29 and September 12, Bonnie & John Buhler Hall. Free

    Calligraphy is the art of shaping letters with function and finesse. Join Ashlyn Nobel, an expert in medieval calligraphy, and create your own scroll in the style of the Magna Carta, which is on display in the Museum’s new Level 1 gallery from August 15 to September 18. Learn basic letter formation and embellishment. Complete your scroll by sealing it with wax.

  • Learn to play chess, August 23 and 30, September 6 and 13, August 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Level 1 gallery. Free with admission.

    Chess was a popular game at the time the Magna Carta was drafted in the 13th century. Educated men and women were expected to know how to play. Visit the Magna Carta exhibition at the Museum and learn how to play on a giant chessboard with the Manitoba Chess Association

  • Chess tournament, August 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Bonnie & John Buhler Hall. Free.

    Chess was a popular game at the time of the Magna Carta. Do you already know how to play chess, known as the game of Kings? Join us for a tournament held in cooperation with the Manitoba Chess Association. Please arrive at Bonnie & John Buhler Hall by 12:45pm to register for the tournament. A $10 registration fee applies. Free to watch.

  • CMHR curator’s talk (Travis Tomchuk), August 19 and September 9, 7 p.m. Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation. Free with admission.

    Who really benefited from Magna Carta? Was it only for nobles or did it affect everyone? This presentation by CMHR researcher-curator Travis Tomchuk will discuss what Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest meant for commoners living within the Kingdom of England 800 years ago.

  • CMHR curator’s talk (Emily Grafton), August 26 at 7 p.m. Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation. Free with admission.

    The Royal Proclamation of 1763 is sometimes known as the “Indian Magna Carta” because it recognized existing Aboriginal title and outlined terms for treaty-making. These terms, however, were later used to entrench federal jurisdiction and create the Indian Act. The contradictory nature of both the Royal Proclamation and Magna Carta will be discussed by CMHR researcher-curator Emily Grafton.

  • CMHR curator’s talk (Armando Perla) September 2 and 7 p.m. (in French) and September 16 at 7 p.m. (in English). Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation. Free with admission.

    How can you compare Magna Carta to Canada’s Constitution Act of 1982? CMHR researcher-curator Armando Perla explains how the CMHR companion exhibition, “Canada’s Magna Carta: Meanings and Misconceptions”, was created – from idea to implementation.

  • Historical dinner, September 15, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ERA Bistro and Level 1 Gallery. $100 per person.

    Join us for a special dinner, talks by Professor John Irvine and Professor DeLloyd Guth, and a self-guided tour to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, one of the world’s most important historical documents. Treat yourself to a three-course dinner, enjoy short expert talks, and take a private tour of the exhibition “Magna Carta – Law, Liberty and Legacy”. Tickets available until September 1 by e-mailing events [at] humanrights.ca .