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Historic Colchester town charter back in storage

Henry V town charter
The charter bears the town's coat of arms and its patron saint, St Helena

An Essex town's charter has been returned to storage in a museum to stop it being damaged by exposure to light.

The charter by King Henry V has been replaced in a display at Colchester Castle by an earlier town charter granted by King Richard II in 1378.

The King Henry V charter has been on display since December 2009 and will be in storage until July when it will once again go on public show.

The museum said the "remarkable" document needed to be protected.

Philip Wise, Heritage Manager at Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service said: "We wish to make sure that the Henry V charter remains in good condition.

"The charter is remarkable for the fact that it is decorated with the earliest known image of Colchester's coat of arms and a picture of the town's patron saint, St Helena."

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