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Round 4 Projects (Announced January 2015)

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Magna Carta (An Embroidery) Tour
Funding is enabling a UK tour of Magna Carta (An Embroidery) by Cornelia Parker, beginning at The Whitworth in Autumn 2015, and touring to venues that hold original copies of Magna Carta.

The Historical Association, Magna Carta: Significance and interpretation over time
This project will offer teachers resources to aid in the teaching of Magna Carta in schools.

The Sherwood Forest Trust: Discover King John’s Palace – On the Trail of Magna Carta

The Magna Carta 800 funding will enable us to create a 5 km interpreted Magna Carta trail that connects King John’s Palace to the Parliament Oak (one of the oldest trees in Sherwood) utilising existing Rights of Way.

The Odiham Society: Magna Carta Journey From Odiham to Runnymede

1000 or more people will make the journey from Odiham, using many methods of transport to meet for a grand picnic and visit Magna Carta Memorial and the Air Forces Memorial.

Salisbury Cathedral, Magna Cantata: Learning Through Music

Magna Cantata is a brand new children’s musical that has been devised to tell the story of Magna Carta, making it accessible for children and adults alike. The music will be engaging and lively, enjoyable and fun to learn, and the script will help embed the story of Magna Carta.

Hereford Cathedral: Hereford Cathedral Magna Carta Display Case and related interpretive materials

Running from 23 March to 30 September 2015, the exhibition entitled ‘Magna Carta: Icon of Justice – Pledge of Freedom’ will give a taste of the 13th century to visitors, with period illuminations and documents from the historic Chained Library displayed alongside the Magna Carta.

The Society of Antiquaries of London: Magna Carta Through the Ages 

Burlington house will host a free exhibition of the Society’s three exceptional copies of the Magna Carta, displayed together in public for the first time.  They will be exhibited in a context which will seek to demonstrate the ways in which Magna Carta continued to have relevance for successive generations of the English people.

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Windsor and Royal Borough Museum: Magna Carta Champions 
Magna Carta Champions is a community focused long term education project run in partnership with the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum volunteer group and the Friends of the Museum.

St. Mary’s Church, Thorpe, Surrey: The Magna Carta Bells Project
Inscriptions on the bells will recognise leading historical figures associated with Magna Carta and carry the Magna Carta 800th logo in recognition of the generous grant received from the Magna Carta 800th Committee.

Université François-Rabelais: Magna Carta Rights: From an “English” Magna Carta to a “Universal” Magna Carta; from the “Old” Magna Carta to a “New” Magna Carta
Call for papers for an international symposium taking place on 12th and 13th November at the Université François-Rabelais.
We wish to explore the de facto universal destiny of a document that was neither universal nor indeed inclusive when it was drafted, and the ebb and flow of the political and judicial will to help it achieve that destiny.

Auckland University: Magna Carta Aotearoa
The Magna Carta 800 Committee for New Zealand is aiming to encourage, coordinate and promote celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in New Zealand. The project encourages consideration of the history of Magna Carta itself, the Bill of rights, the rule and role of law generally, but also human rights in relation to many areas including children, youth, women, Maori, immigrants and also newer political issues. Through a range of events including a lecture series, panels at several conferences, an essay prize and a parliamentary reception, the committee hopes not just to reflect on the past, but to promote a debate about how we want New Zealand law – and society – to develop in the decades to come.

Lincoln Business Improvement Group : Magna Carta 800 – Night of Festivals
Lincoln Business Improvement Group (Lincoln BIG) will work with ArtReach and other partners to draw on a multi – art form approach to Magna Carta in Lincoln.

Workers’ Educational Association: Roots of Democracy
The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) project – Roots of Democracy: Learning from the Magna Carta – will take place in three of our Regions: Eastern, Southern and Yorkshire and Humber.

Visit Kent: Magna Carta Rediscovered Touring Exhibition and marketing programme
In 2015, the lively and historic market town of Faversham will join in the 800th anniversary commemorations with ‘Magna Carta Rediscovered’, a major Kent touring exhibition, plus a host of special events.

Digital Drama: Magna Carta Young Curator Badge Project
The project will involve working with Makewaves to promote the Magna Carta Young Curator Badge to their community of schools (4,000 worldwide) and young users (70,000 worldwide).

Sinfonia Viva: 800 Years
After viewing one of only four 1215 copies of Magna Carta held at Lincoln Castle, local school and college students will research its historic and present day significance. They will then work with the orchestra Sinfonia Viva on new pieces of music.

Human Rights Office: Magna Carta 800 Years Conference

A research report entitled “The Relevance of the Magna Carta for our Human and Civil Rights today” will be presented at the conference. It will discuss how the Magna Carta developed into a root document for human and civil rights, to what extent the actual provisions of the Magna Carta can be considered as forerunners of modern human rights provisions, and in what way the legacy of the Magna Carta is still relevant today for individuals invoking their rights.

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