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Magna Carta Embroideries on Display at Castle House, Taunton from 14th to 26th April (open Tuesday to Friday 10.00 to 5.00)

(entry is free – this exhibition is well worth a visit)

Castle House is in the courtyard of Taunton Castle opposite the entrance to the museum and will display the Magna Carta embroidery panels.

These panels have been commissioned by Runnymede Council and designed and created by Rhoda Nevins, a member of the Royal School of Needlework and head of the team which embroidered The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.

There are twelve A1 size panels in total and the backing material is heavy weight silk with applique and surface embroidery using silk and gold threads.

Each Magna Carta Charter Town has its own panel; Runnymede, Bury St Edmunds, St Albans, the City of London, Canterbury and Hereford.

Five other panels will depict how the Magna Carta influenced the spread of law and order throughout the world from 1215 to the present day, with panels for America, Canada, Australia, India and the continent of Africa.

There is an additional panel comprising all the shields of the 25 barons who were present at Runnymede on 15th June 2015.

They are intended to create a lasting legacy to the country in honour of one of the most important historical events in our history. Taunton is representing their display in the South West as they tour the country during 2015 before being hung in their permanent home at Runnymede.