15 June 2015 is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. There are four original documents of Magna Carta, which were sealed by King John in 1215, and one is in LINCOLN. ‘The Great Charter’ agreed the rule of law applied to all and recognised civil liberties. Visit Lincoln said the city is ‘the only place in the world where you can find an original copy of Magna Carta together with the Charter of the Forest … The two charters belong to Lincoln Cathedral and are housed in Lincoln Castle.’ A new visitor centre at the castle, events and public lectures will celebrate Lincoln Cathedral’s Magna Carta. More on the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary website.
As part of the Great Magna Carta Weekend, on 13 June the University of Lincoln and Lincoln BIG hosted the Freedom Festival. Then on Sunday (14 June) at Lincoln Castle was the launch of a digital platform 1215.Today exploring the global significance of the Magna Carta through Art. It is a 2-year collaborative initiative led by the University of Lincoln with regional art organisations, schools, businesses, City and County councils.
The 1215.Today platform, created by Cultureshock Media, aims to connect people and their content into a virtual House of Culture with creative opportunities, commissioned works and debates around the relevance of Magna Carta today. The project is supported by Sukhy Johal and Ann Jones, consultants at the University’s College of Arts. You can join the global digital network like our alumni, 2013 Grad Ben Atkinson is creating an online game. Explore 12.15Today: Discover | Debate | Create | Connect |