Treason: People, Power & Plot – A free exhibition at The National Archives

Sunday 5th November 2022 – Thursday 6th April

See iconic documents in British history – including records relating to enslaved Baptist preacher Samuel Sharpe and the rebellion of enslaved people he led in 1831.


Treason: People, Power & Plot is a new exhibition at The National Archives on the history of treason since 1352. The exhibition showcases a unique selection of history-defining documents and the stories of the lives they condemned. It brings iconic and unknown archival documents to life, including the original Treason Act 1352 and the Monteagle letter that tipped off the Gunpowder Plot.

Covering a timespan and showcases some of the iconic moments that have helped shape the country we live in today of almost 700 years, the exhibition allows us to consider the changing nature of justice through the ages.

Treason is open Tuesday to Sunday every week until Thursday 6 April. Find out more about our Opening times.