Magna Carta project

Leeds academics and students have been helping young people from Bradford to investigate the heritage of Magna Carta during its 800th anniversary year.

Bradford-based arts organisations Mind the Gap and Freedom Studios received £49,700 from the HLF for an exciting project called 'Magna Carta on Trial'.

With the help of two Leeds postgraduates they have been exploring the context in which the Magna Carta was written, its journey through history and its legacy of freedom and democracy worldwide.

PhD students James Hill (Institute of Medieval Studies) and Victoria Cooper (School of English) have assisted the students with their projects. James said: “Our main role was to provide information to inform the student projects. We had to generate interest in the history of England and the signing of the Magna Carta. There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and it was really rewarding when you could see the students beginning to take on board new ideas about history and use them.”

The project included a series of public celebratory events including a theatrical display at Bradford City Hall on 15 June, the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Following this event, a fun and inspiring film will be made by and for diverse young people to educate other young people on the Magna Carta; its importance and what it means today. The film will be used as a key educational tool, both standalone and as part of a schools workshop tour that will reach 10 schools and community groups this autumn.

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