Salisbury Cathedral awarded grant and announces 2015 plans for Magna Carta

Date Posted: 16/01/2014

Salisbury Cathedral, home to what is described as the finest of the four surviving original Magna Carta 1215 has been awarded initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help it prepare for the UNESCO listed document’s 800th anniversary celebrations in 2015.

The cathedral’s plans are to re-display and re-present the Magna Carta in the Chapter House alongside other documents from its archive, using the latest interpretation techniques to communicate Magna Carta’s historic background and modern significance to the many extra visitors expected in 2015 and beyond.

Martin Field, deputy chapter clerk and development director said “We are delighted to have received this support from the Heritage Lottery Fund allowing us to develop our exciting plans for a new Magna Carta exhibition and other celebratory activities in 2015.

The ‘Great Charter’ has inspired and influenced people to stand up for justice and freedom around the globe and across the ages. People will be able to come to Salisbury and experience for themselves the extraordinary sway the ideas expressed in this document continue to hold.”

Further details of Salisbury Cathedral’s Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations will be published in February.

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