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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 exhibition from The National Archives, all about the history of treason since 1352.

The exhibition showcases a unique selection of history-defining documents and the stories of the lives they condemned. From Guy Fawkes and Anne Boleyn to lesser-known stories of the cook who poisoned the porridge and the young girl tried as a witch, the exhibition considers the changing nature of justice through the ages up until 1946, when the last execution for treason took place.

Treason: People, Power & Plot features a unique selection of iconic material 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. Highlights include the original Treason Act, the Monteagle Letter that tipped off the Gunpowder Plot, and the United States Declaration of Independence.

Free to visit, the exhibition is open Tuesday-Sunday every week until 6 April.

The National Archives is tucked away in leafy Kew, hosting a rich and varied collection of documents spanning over 1000 years of history.

"Thought-provoking, informative and interesting!".  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“An excellent exhibition. It is informative, well-crafted, and also deeply moving in parts.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐