Town Council wants to Sell Magna Carta to Refurbish Offices

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by Silent Right » Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:10 am

https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/21/council- ... -11197750/

Locals are fuming over their town council’s plans to sell a medieval copy of the Magna Carta. The charter of rights is just one of seven in existence and was presented to the Kent town of Faversham in 1300. After caring for the document for more than 700 years, Faversham Town Council have revealed plans to sell the manuscript, which was signed and sealed by King Edward I. The precious document is worth an estimated £20m and could be sold to fund refurbishing the council officers or an exhibition space, town leaders say. The announcement has been branded ‘outrageous’ by locals who are keen to preserve the town’s history. Former journalist Mark Gardner said it was an act of of ‘incredible irresponsibility’ to ‘sell the town’s birth right’. The 80-year-old said it was something that ‘should be and is prized by all of Faversham’s residents.’

The Magna Carta, first issued in 1215, was a charter of rights agreed to by King John of England, as a peace treaty between him and rebel barons. Its core principle said no one was above the law – including the King. The Faversham copy is held in a vault and has only been put on display on a number of occasions. The town council has confirmed that if the precious charter cannot be permanently displayed in Faversham, other options – such as selling or leasing it to museums – will be considered. The revelation came as part of a consultation into the future use of the Faversham’s Town Hall. The council purchased the building in 2016 and planned to create a permanent exhibition space for the Magna Carta and Faversham’s other historic charters. However, the cash-strapped council have struggled to find grant money to put the document safely on display.

Councillor Kris Barker said the authority is considering selling the document, as well as other options. He said: ‘The question about whether we want to sell the Magna Carta I think we need to defer until after we’ve made a proposal about what we’re going to do with this building. ‘I think it’s a very valid question. There are also very similar options where we lease it to places like the Smithsonian Institution. ‘I think we could explore all of those, but we would need to engage the town with what we’d end up doing with it, but at the moment I just think it’s worth making sure we run through these options, and if this isn’t a space we utilise for historic exhibitions and the display of Magna Carta, then we can look at other options.’ Two copies of Magna Carta – both from 1297 – have been sold. One was bought by the Australian government for £12,500 and the other was sold to US businessman David Rubenstein for $21.3 million in 2007.


Someone go over there and slap these guys.

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by Knoyleo » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:12 am

Wow, who knew a decade of throttling council budgets would lead to them having to sell off hugely valuable assets in order to keep running?

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by KK » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:20 am

Clearly it should be in a London museum along with all the other world’s artefacts.

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by Vermi Claus » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:25 am

I've seen the one in Salisbury Cathedral, it's pretty impressive.

Someone tried to nick it too.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-w ... e-48797634

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by Festivus Maximus » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:36 am

Get Russell Crowe on the blower!

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by OrangeXMS » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:45 am

Town Council might have to Sell Magna Carta to Refurbish Offices

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by abcd » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:46 am

They should sell it and build more buildings. Hopefully Primark will move in and an Aldi.....I've got 10 kids to feed, I can't feed them Magnum Karters

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by Walking in a Winter Winckleland » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:49 am

abcd wrote:They should sell it and build more buildings. Hopefully Primark will move in and an Aldi.....I've got 10 kids to feed, I can't feed them Magnum Karters

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by Partridge Iciclebubbles » Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:01 am

The Americans love the Magna Carta, flog it to Trump for a few billion.

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by kazanova_Frankincense » Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:54 pm

Vermilion wrote:I've seen the one in Salisbury Cathedral, it's pretty impressive.

Someone tried to nick it too.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-w ... e-48797634


Yep, that was when i finally decided i should have a look.

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by Mommy Christmas » Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:59 pm

If the council are considering selling it, the Government should seize it, Upgrade the council offices and protect the magna carta.
The council are basically killing their golden goose.
Its likely to fetch well in advance of the predicted amount too.

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by Peter Crisp » Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:19 pm

With the US recently trying to buy Greenland can we sell Scotland before they vote for independence? If so I'd like to open the bidding at £100 to become the legal owner of Scotland.

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by KK » Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:21 pm

Vermilion wrote:I've seen the one in Salisbury Cathedral, it's pretty impressive.

Someone tried to nick it too.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-w ... e-48797634

I saw Magnum and then read this as Sainsbury's (aka Sainsbo's, aka Sainers).

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by Jenu-All I Want For Christmas » Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:32 pm

What a shame.

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by OrangeXMS » Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:32 pm

Mommy wrote:If the council are considering selling it, the Government should ... Upgrade the council offices


You got it. The council are having to consider selling one of their most treasured possessions because of chronic underfunding from national government. The right thing to happen here is for the government to increase local council funding to sustainable levels so that such a travesty isn't forced to play out.

You can help by voting Labour in the upcoming general election

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by A Beautiful Kezmas Tree » Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:11 pm

I'll buy it

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by Jenu-All I Want For Christmas » Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:39 pm

for a dollar

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by ianfianf » Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:43 pm

Surely people can just Google their favourite positions for intercourse?

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by Jenu-All I Want For Christmas » Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:49 pm

I can certainly think of a few places to stick the Magnum that will achieve interesting results. :datass:

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by Mommy Christmas » Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:51 pm

OrangeRKN wrote:
You can help by voting Labour in the upcoming general election


Labour would fund the council properly and this wouldn't be necessary.

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