Brookes awarded funding for Magna Carta Oxfordshire Schools Project

Thursday, 13 November 2014

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Oxford Brookes University is delighted to announce that the Magna Carta Trust’s 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee is making a grant of £15,000 to the University.

The financial award is to support the University’s project, ‘Why Magna Carta: The Oxford Brookes Oxfordshire Schools Project’.

The project will take place during this academic year and will provide three opportunities for young people to engage and reflect on the meaning and significance of Magna Carta in contemporary British society. The opportunities are:

  • The Historical Understanding Project involving Brookes students and staff working with schools throughout the academic year, aimed at Year 7 students
  • The Magna Carta Symposium, a one-day event on 18 June 2015 hosted at Oxford Brookes.  Staff and students from across the University will deliver workshops and talks inspired by the Magna Carta, aimed at pupils in Year 10 to 13
  • A Modern Magna Carta, a challenge to primary and secondary schools to create a physical response to the Magna Carta in relation to young people today, leading to an exhibition of work in Oxford Brookes' Glass Tank exhibition space from 22 June to 24 July 2015.

In addition, Oxford Brookes’ chancellor Shami Chakrabarti and former chancellors Helena Kennedy and Jon Snow will be in conversation ‘On Liberty, Magna Carta and our future’ to mark the 150th anniversary of Oxford Brookes University. Information about this open lecture can be found on the Oxford Brookes events web pages.

The Magna Carta project will comprise of a 12 month collaboration between Oxford Brookes staff and students, Oxfordshire primary and secondary schools and young people from organisations within the community.

This project will provide a framework to build on existing partnerships between Brookes students and local schools and the establishment of a regular event for debate and discussion around issues of political and social importance.

Aimed to engage specifically with young people, the project will complement a suite of other activities taking place across Oxfordshire in celebration of the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary.

The Magna Carta Trust’s 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee is charged by the Magna Carta Trust to co-ordinate activities, raise the profile of the anniversary and deliver a number of key national and international aspirations.  For more information, visit