Salisbury Cathedral announces award for a Magna Carta ‘Flowers for Freedom’ project
Salisbury Cathedral is delighted to announce that the Magna Carta Trust’s 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee has awarded a grant to support its ‘Flowers For Freedom’ project. This initiative will engage schoolchildren from across all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Selected schools will undertake a study on Magna Carta and its associations with freedom and liberty. Each school will, through a democratic process, nominate a flower on behalf of their country that best symbolises freedom. The nominations will then be represented in the Cathedral’s Magna Flora Flower Festival which takes place 15 – 20 September 2015.
‘Flowers For Freedom’ joins a range of events and initiatives planned by Salisbury Cathedral to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015. The celebrations begin with a historic unification of the four original 1215 Magna Carta documents at the British Library in London, before the Salisbury Magna Carta returns to its new home, an interactive Heritage Lottery funded exhibition in the Cathedral’s Chapter House and Cloisters. The Cathedral has planned a number of other events to mark the anniversary, including lectures, a Gala Concert with a new musical commission by composer Tarik O’Regan, and a Baron’s Trail around Salisbury, in partnership with The Trussell Trust.
Director of Learning and Outreach Sarah Rickett says, “This is a very exciting project which will help link us with young people right through the Commonwealth. Using the Magna Carta as a stimulus it allows us to open up discussions about what constitutes and symbolises freedom and how these ideas are linked to national identity and shared values. The grant award from the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee will enable the Cathedral to create a virtual community linked across the Commonwealth and to share in an exploration of what freedom means.”
Sir Robert Worcester, Chairman of the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee says “We are pleased to be able to support this innovative approach to encouraging young people across the world to think about the history, impact and modern relevance of Magna Carta. This project is another important way in which we are using the 800th anniversary to promote one of ‘England’s greatest exports’”.
The Magna Carta Trust’s 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee is charged by the Magna Carta Trust to co-ordinate celebration activities, raise the profile of the anniversary and deliver a number of key national and international aspirations. For more information, visit www.magnacarta800th.com
Issued by and further information from: Sarah Rickett, 01722 555124 or email: email@example.com
Notes to editors:
1. Photograph of Salisbury Cathedral’s 1215 Magna Carta attached.
2. Sarah Rickett, Director of Learning and Outreach at Salisbury Cathedral, is available for interview from 21 October.
3. Salisbury Cathedral’s Magna Carta is on permanent display to visitors in the 13th century Chapter House.
4. The 1215 Magna Carta is inscribed in the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ register underlining the fact that the four original documents held by Salisbury Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral and The British Library are regarded amongst the world’s most significant documentary heritage.
5. The ‘Magna Flora’ Flower Festival takes place 15-20 September 2015 and will incorporate the work of over 500 flower arrangers in a feast for the senses.
Salisbury Cathedral is one of Britain’s finest medieval cathedrals. It offers a warm welcome to all who visit and seeks to strengthen church and community life in the diocese. Salisbury Cathedral celebrates the presence of God through worship, music and art and has a special commitment to challenging injustice and fostering reconciliation, both at home and abroad. Over 300,000 people visit the Cathedral each year to marvel at the peace and beauty of the 750 year old building and admire Britain’s tallest spire. The finest original copy of the 1215 Magna Carta is on permanent display to visitors in the Chapter House.