The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, says: “Plans are being advanced here at Salisbury Cathedral to commemorate the forthcoming 800th anniversary of Magna Carta by promoting the values and ideals that it represents. Our ambition is to present a wonderful mix of spiritual and secular celebrations, promoting justice and freedom in a practical sense, and running a full programme of learning and outreach events for people of all ages. We aim to inspire further activity in the years that follow by leaving a lasting national and international legacy.”
Salisbury Cathedral will re-display and re-present its Magna Carta in the newly-conserved Chapter House, safeguarding the document for the future and using the latest interpretation techniques to communicate Magna Carta’s historic background and modern significance to the many extra visitors it expects to welcome in 2015. It has already conserved and repair the Cathedral’s medieval Cloisters where the Chapter House is located.
Plans for further celebrations are underway, and are expected to include a lecture series chaired by the Dean of Salisbury featuring international speakers exploring topics inspired by Magna Carta. The Cathedral will also work with partners to present a Medieval Fair for all the family, a pageant involving hundreds of local people, a special concert, a Celebratory Eucharist and a week-long flower festival (15-20 September 2015), as well as other events. Alongside this activity, the Cathedral’s education department will work closely with schools throughout the year to deliver curriculum-focused programmes supporting citizenship and history.
Salisbury Cathedral will work closely with partners to deliver its ambitious programme, these include: The British Library, Diocese of Salisbury, Lincoln Cathedral, Magna Carta 800th Committee / Magna Carta Trust, Wiltshire Council, Dorset County Council, Salisbury City Council, Visit Wiltshire, UNESCO, and AGEAS Salisbury International Arts Festival.
Further details of Salisbury Cathedral’s Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations will be published on a regular basis as 2015 approaches. The Stonehenge Travel Company will be operating guided tours of Salisbury and Stonehenge throughout 2015. Book early to avoid disappointment.
“Wiltshire is the only county in England which has both a Magna Carta Baron Town and a Magna Carta Charter Town,”
DID YOU KNOW: Hip hop artist Jay-Z – husband of Beyonce and the king of America’s music scene – named his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail and looked to Salisbury for inspiration for the album cover artwork, before finally launching his latest product in the Chapter House itself.
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