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Wallingford's starring role in history is revealed by two new exhibitions for the town's museum, now open for the summer:  'Wallingford's Royal Castle Revealedí, and Magna Carta.

New research shows Wallingford Castle's importance as the third great stronghold of the Thames Valley - Tower of London, Windsor and Wallingford - and the exhibition will show details of the life of the castle, its buildings, people and activities. It will complement a weekend of 'living history' on
27-28 June, when the English Civil War Society and Town Council have organised a 'Civil War re-enactment' on the Castle.

To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta there will be an additional display 'Magna Carta and All That!' highlighting Wallingford's role in the events of 1215, and why it is only one of four towns mentioned in Magna Carta. King John was at Wallingford Castle on several occasions during his falling out with the barons which led to Magna Carta.

Special events for 2015 include guided History Walks (11 April), a Night at the Museum (15 May), Family Archaeology Day (18 July), a Medieval Day (15 Aug) and an Agatha Christie weekend (18-20 Sept), culminating in a major history conference about Wallingford Castle in October.

During the afternoon of Sunday 14 June, St Mary's Church bells will ring a special peal as part of the national commemoration of Magna Carta.

The Museum is open for its 2015 season from Tuesday 3 March as follows:

Tuesdays - Fridays 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Saturdays 10.30am - 5.00pm

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