Sandwich Magna Carta


On display in the Museum during the Sandwich Festival 26 – 29 August will be the Sandwich Magna Carta dating from 1300, along with the Charter of the Forest and – subject to conservation requirements – for the very first time – the 15th century Custumal.  This unique document, dated circa 1450, records the customs and privileges granted to the town and port of Sandwich in recognition of its importance to the Monarch and the country. Also included in this version of the Custumal are a number of fascinating documents including a record of the permission given by Pope Innocent III for the foundation of St Bartholomew’s Hospital circa 1199. Entry to the Museum is free.

Tony Cooper, Sandwich’s own weaver of magical tales and author of Kent Folk Tales has agreed to spellbind children and adults alike during a 30 minute story telling session in the museum at 10am on Saturday 27th August. Places will be limited so make sure you come early enough to get a space. Entrance is free.

Faye Beerling, the bestselling children’s author invites children and parents to a story reading session in the museum from 10.00 – 10.30am on Sunday 28th August. Faye will be reading from her books Medieval Peasant and Medieval Knight. Come along and hear about the adventures of a medieval peasant with the unlikely name of Keith !

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Following the story session Sandwich Guildhall Museum is proud to be the hosts for the premiere  of the animated film based on Faye’s book Medieval Peasant.  This is an event that you and your children or grandchildren should not miss. The film will start at 11am in the Jury Room at the Guildhall and afterward author Faye Beerling, illustrator Gareth Bowler and animator Sally Chittenden will be the guests for a question and answer session which is sure to be of interest to those wanting to know how this trio of talented people produce their enchanting and education books.