Today I am up at the fabulous Royal Holloway university campus to find out what is going to happen in 2015 to celebrate the Magna Carta’s ‘eighth ton’.
The Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee meeting is very energised following last weekends events; Magna Carta Day celebrated in Egham High Street and the Giants Picnic on the National Trust land at Runnymede by the ABA memorial opposite the Thames.
Yesterday the Prime Minister underlined the governments commitment to Magna Carta (following a grant of funds in the Budget) with an event at Downing Street. There the head Tim Smith and children from our local Magna Carta school had an amazing opportunity to see the centre of our government, the PM and the chancellor.
Sir Robert Worcester tweeted about the Downing Street meeting, “@RobertWorcester: Wonderfully thoughtful speech by the PM at the Magna Carta 800th anniversary reception at No. 10 Downing St. yesterday. One year to go.”
And so the meeting starts with updates on the international support and interest for the Magna Carta which is building nicely. It includes looking forward to how the charter can help and inform us going forward and not just living in the past.
I am looking forward to the annual RHUL Magna Carta Lecture to be given by Professor Linda Colley.
Meanwhile you can catch the MC at the British Library:
“Magna Carta is one of the most celebrated documents in history. Examine the British Library’s copy close-up, translate it into English, hear what our curator says about it, and explore a timeline.
LAUNCH THE MAGNA CARTA VIEWER
Our Magna Carta viewer (optimised for screen resolutions of 1024×768) uses the Shockwave plugin, which can be downloaded free from the Adobe website. There is also a simple version that does not require Shockwave.
WATCH VIRTUAL CURATOR VIDEOS
British Library Head of Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Claire Breay answers ‘frequently asked questions’ in a series of short videos.
READ A TRANSLATION
You can also translate from Latin ‘as you go’ while using the Magna Carta viewer magnifier.”