Creative Junction was one of a collaboration of local groups organising multi-cultural, multi faith celebrations to demonstrate the importance and continued relevance of the Magna Carta to contemporary life.
Led by community cohesion charity Mustaqbill Future Foundation a programme of events to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta by King John, included four lunch events to raise awareness and linking community issues with the principles in the charter, attended by high profile key note speakers and a broad public audience; a community walk to key sites followed by high tea; and a school art exhibition project.
Magna Carta 800 – River Relay bank side activity and Champions training
Creative Junction delivered training sessions at Windsor Library for Windsor and Maidenhead staff and volunteers about the Magna Carta history, legacy and in preparedness for the large scale outdoor event the River Relay. King John sealed the Magna Carta at Runnymede by the River Thames on 15th June 1215. The Magna Carta is now acknowledged as one of the most important documents in history. Over two days in June 2015, the Magna Carta 800 River Relay was a part of the 800th anniversary celebrations of the sealing of Magna Carta. It took place on and beside the River Thames between Hurley and Runnymede, stopping at various points on the way to recount the story of the Magna Carta. The Royal Shallop “Jubilant” was escorted by a flotilla with hundreds of other rowed, paddled, motor and steam craft joining along the way. Creative Junction designed and delivered the bank-side family arts sessions at five stops along the River Thames, engaging hundreds of people in activity to consider and celebrate Freedom, the legacy of Magna Carta and the life of the river.
Creative Junction partnered with community cohesion charity Future Foundation and Chalvey Community Centre to deliver a Big Lunch event as part of the Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations.
The event was funded by Slough Borough Council to promote community cohesion.
Big Lunch is a national campaign from the Eden Project, with the aim to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. Bringing people together to lunch and celebrating the significance of the Magna Carta, signed just down the road from Slough, activities led by Creative Junction and young volunteers included:
- A Human Rights Auction – where members of the community and young volunteers formed country delegations to bid for and win human rights on sale at the auction.
- Our Land, Our rights activity – where community members and young volunteers assumed the role of a given community member and formed new communities sent to a new deserted island. They debated and selected which 3 human rights they would take to their island.
- Family activity including: making crowns, designing and making flags, design your own law and seal it with your own printed bespoke royal seal, manga carta comic drawing, henna painting, colouring,
- 5 x community stalls, including bouncy castle, items for sale, home cooked produce for sale + free hot curry lunch.
The event saw consistent participation during the day with good cross ethnic and age representation.
Magna Carta 800 Art Exhibition
Creative Junction led on the visual art exhibition element, which was open to all schools and education settings from across Slough. The aim of the art exhibition project, in the lead up to the Magna Carta celebrations nationally, was to
- support to educate and inform young people about the origins and provenance of these freedoms
- ignite debate amongst young people about the relevance and importance of the Magna Carta in contemporary times
- through involvement and exploring the Magna Carta through visual art, help young people to gain a greater understanding of how this important document and the rights it represents, resonate through to the current day
- profile and celebrate the best artwork from students and schools in Slough
From all of the entries, 20 pieces inspired by the theme of Magna Carta, were selected by a panel of local artists, to be publicly exhibited.
Pieces were exhibited over the course of week at Slough Library, with an opening launch attended by Slough MP Fiona McTaggart.
One overall Primary and one overall Secondary winner, voted for by visitors to the exhibition, received a hamper of art goodies.
Magna Carta 800 Primary Dance Festival
Creative Junction delivered Magna Carta inspired activities to over 300 children from 10+ Windsor and Maidenhead primary schools in February 2015 as part of the Primary Dance Festival. Creative Junction worked in partnership with Windsor Museum, including volunteers in role as King John – with a Royal Seal to ink, stamp and ‘approve’ the students’ individual Magna Carta. The activities offered were:
- Create your own class or individual ‘Magna Carta’
- Learn about Magna Carta and key facts, including the Feudal System through action game
- Hear The Story of King John & the Magna Carta
- Individually design your own school/class ‘seal’
Decide on what law your class would like to get passed and create a campaign to ‘The King’