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Magna Carta: the story of
our Human Rights

Discovery Education is proud to be working in partnership with The National Archives.

On Monday 15th June Discovery Education will be broadcasting live from The National Archives in London, exclusively for teachers and students across the globe.

Live from the National Archives

Presented by Dan Snow and Diane Louise Jordan this unique event has been timed to coincide with the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta by King John at Runnymede near the banks of the River Thames.

The 30 minute documentary is perfect for students at Key Stages 2 & 3 and will focus on the history of how Magna Carta came into being, while at the same time examining how human rights have developed in the centuries that have followed. 

Live broadcast times:
United Kingdom - Live at 2.30PM BST
Canada - Live at 9.30AM EDT
United States - Live at 9.30AM EST
and Europe/Rest of the World - Live at 2.30PM BST

Don't worry if you can't tune in live! All teachers registered for the event will be notified when the archive is available soon after the live event.

No special equipment is needed to view this event online. All you need is an internet connected computer (and a way to share with students - projector and speakers). We do however recommend downloading our viewing tips and requirements document, to ensure a smooth viewing experience.


Dan Snow is a broadcaster and author. His history programmes, apps and books have proved popular around the world and have won many awards. After a childhood spent visiting castles, battlefields and museums around the world he won a Double First Class degree at Balliol College, Oxford. While at university he captained the Oxford rowing team in its annual race against Cambridge. The BBC produced a programme which saw Dan and his father, Peter, a veteran journalist, tell the story of the battle of El Alamein. This led to numerous other programmes including a four part series on the rise of the British Royal Navy, a feature length documentary on the Battle of the Ancre in 1916 and a month long expedition down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. He has a regular history slot on BBC1's One Show which brings history to the widest possible audience.

Beyond television, his book on the fall of Quebec in 1759 was described as the best account yet written. His historical apps have enjoyed critical and commercial success. He has more followers on Twitter and Periscope than any other historian in the world.

He lives in the heart of the New Forest, surrounded by history, with his wife and two children.

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TV and radio presenter Diane Louise Jordan is a well-known and much loved public figure who is often referred to as a "presenter across boundaries" in recognition of how comfortably and naturally she relates to people from all walks of life.

Currently Diane can be heard every Sunday morning on BBC Radio 2's The Sunday Hour and is a regular face on Songs of Praise (one of the BBC's longest running programmes).

Diane came to prominence in 1990 when she was invited to become a member of the legendary Blue Peter presenting team. Such was her popularity that when, six years later, Diane decided it was time to move on, the programme's editor dedicated two complete shows to her departure – a first in the programme's history. Nearly a million people telephoned voting for their favourite moments of Diane.

Her wide reaching appeal was also a deciding factor in former Premier Gordon Brown's invitation for her to sit on the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Committee - the only TV celebrity asked to do so. This lead to Diane becoming a member of the board for The Diana Awards – one of the memorials attributed to the late Princess.

Over the years Diane has held a number of trustee positions including The Prince's Trust and Children in Need. Diane is currently an Ambassador of Action For Children (formally NCH) and Family Futures.

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