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What's in a name?

We take our name from the field of Runnymede in which the Magna Carta was sealed by King John in 1215.

The immediate effect of this legal document, meaning ‘Great Charter’ in Latin, was to guarantee the liberties of the King's free subjects and to restrict the absolute power of the ruling monarch.

The charter has since formed the basis of the constitutions and statutes of other countries in the English-speaking world.

Extending well beyond its original purpose as a definition of the limitations of royal power, the Magna Carta is the cornerstone of many ensuing historic legal documents, such as the Human Rights Act. In fact, with the Royal Assent of the Magna Carta, human rights and equality were granted official legal protection in Britain for the first time.

A right to equality in law and under public policy has, since that day, become an intrinsic part of what it means to be British.

This premise - that we are all equal and deserve equal opportunities - is the one on which our organisation was founded and continues to operate today.