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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Clock is ticking for Magna Carta viewing

By Jacqueline Trescott
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An image of the Magna Carta. (National Archives)

History buffs have only a few days left to look at the Magna Carta, the foundation of English law, at the National Archives before it is taken off display for one year.

The 1297 document is being removed, the Archives announced, to prepare it for a new encasement. The last day for current viewing is March 1.

When the document returns in March 2012, there will be some new bells and whistles. A new display case will have an interactive exhibit and visitors will be able to read the Latin document through a translation feature. The display will also have materials about the connections between the Magna Carta and American history.

The Archives' copy was purchased by David M. Rubenstein, the financier and philanthropist in 2007, and lent to the public through the Archives.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | February 9, 2011; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, National Archives  | Tags:  Magna Carta, National Archives, display of Magna Carta  
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