1215 to 2015, medieval to modern, feudalism to democracy. For a document that was annulled less than 3 months after it was sealed, Magna Carta has a long and proud legacy. In the year of its 800 anniversary, Unlock Democracy are holding a series of events across the country, both looking back at Magna Carta's place in history and looking forwards at how it could inform our political future.
Events range from seminars, lectures and study groups to theatre performances and visual arts projects, all focusing on the significance of Magna Carta, its heritage and its relevance for current constitutional reform. This national public debate about the role of Magna Carta allows modern citizens to discover the Great Charter for themselves, as well as discuss its impact on our democratic development and political culture.
We are also creating a short documentary about the series, collecting and broadcasting the thoughts, suggestions and responses of the UK public in 2015. Participants at the events are also working together across the series to produce a Magna Carta for modern Britain, a Charter for 2015 with key clauses to shape our democratic present and future.
In the year that Parliament's Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee have published the results of their consultation on a written constitution, we want to show Magna Carta is not a static piece of history, but was one step in process of constitutional reform that continues to this day. Through our Unlock Magna Carta project, Unlock Democracy aims to spark a public debate, opening democratic spaces to discuss not only how modern British democracy was formed, but where it's heading.