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Treason: People, Power & Plot

5 November 2022 to 6 April 2023 The National Archives

Treason: People, Power & Plot is a major new exhibition from The National Archives, all about the history of treason from 1352 to the modern day.

The exhibition showcases a unique selection of history-defining documents and the stories of the lives they condemned. Treason: People, Power & Plot brings iconic and unknown archival documents to life, including the original Treason Act and the Monteagle letter that tipped off the Gunpowder Plot. 

From Guy Fawkes and Anne Boleyn to lesser-known stories of the enslaved Baptist preacher Samuel Sharpe and the work of John Frost and the Chartist movement, the exhibition considers the changing nature of justice through the ages. It features a unique selection of letters, pamphlets, posters, maps and trial papers from The National Archives’ collections, carefully curated to reveal the motives, actions and consequences of those accused of high treason, many of whom paid the ultimate price for their cause.


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