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King John: The Road to Newark Castle

It’s 800 years since King John, the most infamous King of England, died at Newark Castle in Nottinghamshire. Barker Langham’s latest exhibition, which opens at the Castle this week, commemorates the anniversary and tells the story of the final years of King John.

In five months, we designed, scripted and created bespoke illustrations for the exhibition, which is located in the Castle’s twelfth-century gatehouse. Our exhibition takes a wry look at King John’s life and death – from the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, to the Barons’ War, to John’s last days at Newark – and asks, was he really such a Bad King?