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March 5, 2015

Odiham Society produce educational aids for Magna Carta celebrations

Thanks to generous grants from Magna Carta 800th and Hampshire County Council, the Odiham Society is rolling out a programme to enthuse and inform pupils and students in local schools of north Hampshire, as the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta approaches.  The first stage is providing sets of five pull-up banners that will shortly begin rotating around schools.  These aim to bring history alive through illustrations in the local context, highlighting key points to reinforce Magna Carta articles and programmes that are being widely promoted in publications and on radio and TV.  There will be one version for primary schools and another for older pupils.  Several head teachers are already working with the Odiham Society to build knowledge and interest.

The website ( is up and running and attracting lots of interest;  also directing users to excellent educational websites such as Magna Carta 800th, Royal Holloway, University of London, and the Magna Carta Project at East Anglia. The second stage of our educational project is the production sets of 10 laminated A3 and A4 posters telling the story of Magna Carta and its legacy, which will be given to schools in north Hampshire to aid teachers explaining and focusing on Magna Carta as the 800th anniversary approaches.   These posters will also be downloadable in A4 pdf for parents to print out.

Grants are also helping fund reproduction of a Vernacular French translation of Magna Carta issued to the Sheriff of Hampshire by King John at Odiham Castle on 27th June 1215.  Scribed by hand on parchment using the text preserved in the Museum of Rouen, and sealed as it would have been eight centuries ago, this will form the centrepiece of a Magna Carta Exhibition that lives at Odiham but can be borrowed by schools and libraries to bring history alive.




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