Magna Carta, Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1068, has recently undergone a four-year, £22m renovation. The works included the installation of an Advanced fire alarm and extinguishing system to protect the historic building and the copy of Magna Carta that it houses.

Lincoln Castle is one of the best preserved castles in England and one of only two to have two mottes. It is a Scheduled Monument and a fitting home for the historical Magna Carta - arguably the greatest constitutional document of all time - as well as its companion document, The Charter of the Forest.

The impressive project, undertaken by Lincolnshire County Council, has seen the construction of a new high-security vault specifically designed to protect the historical documents as well as the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Victorian prison on the site, which has been closed to the public for several decades. Additional works included the creation of a new shop, cafe and educational zones.

The fire and suppression systems incorporate Advanced's ExGo extinguishant release system in the Magna Carta vault. ExGo is used all over the world to protect sensitive and strategic assets - from historic collections to server and switch rooms. It is suitable for almost all single-flooding area applications and includes a range of control options and devices.

MxPro5 panels and Apollo detectors have been installed in the main heritage centre and former Victorian prison building.

"A spokesperson for Lincoln Castle said: "We're very pleased with the Advanced systems installed by Reflex. As the castle is a listed building, it was essential that the panels and detectors be as discreet as possible, particularly in the prison and the Magna Carta vault.

"This year [2015] marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta and we are happy that our visitors will be able to see one of the four original copies under the protection of Advanced panels."

Magna Carta paved the way for individal freedoms by:

  • Offering protection from illegal imprisonment
  • Giving access to swift justice
  • Limiting taxation and other feudal payments to the Crown
  • Granting protection of church rights.

The original charters were written with quill pens on parchment sheets in long, unbroken Latin text. Each was sealed with the royal great seal. 

 

 

 

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Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle