The Adam Smith Institute is delighted to partner with the Institute of Economic Affairs in hosting a free screening of "Secrets of the Magna Carta"—our new two-part documentary series.
The IEA have kindly agreed to host the screening, and you can reserve your free space on their website here.
Magna Carta may be an 800-year-old piece of parchment, but today many people think that it is more relevant than ever. It spelt out the rights of citizens and the limits to a government’s power over them. With the expansion of government in the last hundred years, and political decisions affecting every part of our lives, perhaps we need to look again at what this old parchment can tell us.
To explore questions like these, and to chart the history of Magna Carta—how it arose, what its immediate and enduring effects were—the Adam Smith Institute has teamed up with award-winning documentary makers WAG TV to produce two 50-minute documentaries on the charter and its relevance today. They feature world experts: lawyers like US and UK supreme court justices, distinguished historians, librarians in charge of conserving the documents themselves, and policy commentators from both sides of the Atlantic. And yet they are made to be engaging and entertaining as well as challenging and informative. That may be why they won a top award at the 2017 Anthem Film Festival.
The IEA will be serving drinks, pick’n’mix, and popcorn on the night. It is free to attend but the event is aimed at under 30s.