Did you miss the Magna Carta 800th celebrations?

If you missed the Magna Carta celebrations here in Runnymede may I offer you a taste of IMG_3999what happened and why it is important to you?

Firstly Magna Carta was 800 on Monday June the 15th 2015 and for you free men and women it means you cannot be arrested by the police without cause, nor can your possessions be arbitrarily seized.

A panel from an amazing tapestry celebrating Freedom.

A panel from an amazing tapestry celebrating Freedom.

It included in its terms that even the monarch is subject to the law.

The newly unveiled statue of the Queen at Runnymede Pleasure Grounds

The newly unveiled statue of the Queen at Runnymede Pleasure Grounds

Magna Carta was the first document to be entered into England’s record of laws.

Mayor of Runnymede Derek Cotty  and Chief Constable Lynne Owens support Freedom and the Rule of Law

Mayor of Runnymede Derek Cotty and Chief Constable Lynne Owens support Freedom and the Rule of Law

It has ‘travelled’ overseas and is reflected in the United States constitution and the constitutions of over another 100 states.

The Great Charter has been superseded in many ways by more modern laws and few of its clauses remain on our statue books but it still influences us all  – without Magna Carta it is unlikely that the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) would have the same significance that it holds today.

Local MP Phillip Hammond in the High Street

Local MP Phillip Hammond in the High Street

 

 

Runnymede held 3 days of events.  In Egham Town “Magna Carta Day”, which is held annually by the townsfolk and included a concert at St Johns parish church and fireworks at Strodes College.

The Baron's coats of arms in the entrance to St John's

The Baron’s coats of arms in the entrance to St John’s

There was the Runnymede Festival at the fabulously named Runnymede Pleasure Grounds  with ‘knights’  jousting and the River Relay on the Thames that washes the northern edge

The Queen's row barge Gloriana from the Surrey Search and Rescue launch

The Queen’s row barge Gloriana from the Surrey Search and Rescue launch

of the Borough.

 

 

 

And finally the State Occasion attended by Her Majesty the Queen and the rededication of the American Bar Association memorial to Magna Carta.

State Occasion to celebrate Liberty and Freedom

State Occasion to celebrate Liberty and Freedom

The ABA memorial at Runnymede

The ABA memorial at Runnymede

If you want to lean more about MC try Coursera’s free course in conjunction with Royal Holloway, our own university, for free – but hurry the course starts NOW!

Royal Holloway University of London Freedom and protest: Magna Carta and its legacies with Dr Emm JohnstoneDr Graham SmithProfessor Justin ChampionProfessor Nigel Saul & Professor Jonathan Phillips.

I’ve had a go.

Also check out ….

Magna Carta the Road to Runnymede available at the Egham Museum

Magna Carta the Road to Runnymede available at the Egham Museum

 

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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2 Responses to Did you miss the Magna Carta 800th celebrations?

  1. johndubyah says:

    Reblogged this on John Healy's Space and commented:
    Proud to call Runnymede my home!

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