Where did all the Barons go?

Picture courtesy Visit LincolnSince June this year, thousands of people have followed the Lincoln Barons Trail, set up around the city to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, but a dew days ago they were all collected and taken away! That’s the bad news. The good news is that they are staging a reunion this week.

You can catch up with them from this Thursday (September 24) until September 29 in a one-off free exhibition at Lincoln Castle. This is your chance to see all 25 barons up close and side-by-side before they are auctioned to raise money for the national foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust. If you are interested in bidding for your favourite baron at auction, the event and VIP Reception, sponsored by Lincs FM, will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Thursday 1st October. Tickets are available on the Barons’ Auction webpage.

Thanks to Visit Lincoln and the Lincoln Barons website


Lincoln Magna Carta Festival 800

To judge by the advertised programme, Festival 800, a ten day festival of live music, comedy, spoken word, street theatre, lectures and debate celebrating Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary will be very special, as the City of Lincoln hosts an impressive line-up of national and international artists and human rights activists.

What they all have in common is the desire to celebrate freedom of speech by making artistic responses to Magna Carta. This is a one-off opportunity to pick and mix from an eclectic variety of events and shows at various Lincoln venues, running from August 28 to September 6.

Among the highlights: Continue reading

Don’t miss Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition

Running in Lincoln until September 27th, this unique exhibition is not to be missed. The orginal idea to celebrate the rich history of our often overlooked county in this way came out of a conversation back in 2012 between Patrick, Lord Cormack and the Earl of Yarborough, and having recently visited some elements of the exhibition, I can only admire their ambition and the subsequent realisation of their ambitious plans.

The exhibition is spread over four venues, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Castle, The Collection and the Usher Gallery. At the Cathedral you can browse manuscripts the 15th century Medieval Wren Library, and the David PJ Ross Magna Carta Vault at the Castle offers the chance to view two versions of Magna Carta (1214 and 1225) and the Charter of the Forest (1217).

The Collection has gathered a truly impressive array of artefacts and works of art reflecting the lives and achievements of Lincolnshire’s greatest achievers, Continue reading

A new Magna Carta video

Picture credit: Guy Fox (R)Just come across another Magna Carta animation, this time from Guy Fox, an educational charity based in London. It’s a bit long perhaps, but the story is told with imagination and humour. At least one viewer is critical of some of the “editorial content”, and recommends challenging “….every tacit presumption on which assertions are based.” What do you think? (Comments always welcome.)

By the way, if you haven’t yet visited the Lincoln Magna Carta in its new home in Lincoln Castle, best to get up there before the school holidays…………

Follow the Lincoln Magna Carta Barons trail

Have you tried following the Lincoln Barons Trail yet? To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the 1215 Magna Carta, 25 Baron sculptures have been placed around Lincoln, creating an exciting and educational trail for the whole family to enjoy until September 13th.

All the 25 baron sculptures have been created by local businesses and artists, working  together to decorate each Baron in a different theme, including information and a clue to winning a golden prize. Continue reading

Visit the Lincoln Magna Carta in its new home

Having returned from its recent sell-out tour in the USA, the Lincoln 1215 original copy of  Magna Carta, 800 years old this month and one of only four in existence, now has a brand new home in a specially built vault within Lincoln Castle, after languishing in relative obscurity for much of the last eight centuries elsewhere in the City.

So, what is Magna Carta? This British Library video is the best explanation I have come across in the last two years of research:


Without doubt the new David P.J. Ross Magna Carta Vault is impressive, a major visitor attraction. Since it opened in April this year, I have visited it twice, and I would recommend it to anyone; it’s only 20 miles from Woodhall Spa after all, and you can make a day of it by walking  the rebuilt Lincoln Castle walls and visiting the fascinating old Lincoln Prison while you are there! Lincoln celebrates Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary. Continue reading

Bringing Magna Carta to life in Lincolnshire

Picture courtesy Magna Carta NewsletterFollowing the return of the Lincoln original copy of Magna Carta to Lincoln Castle, we are all looking forward to the opening of its new home there, but it’s also good to hear about a new scheme to enable others in Lincolnshire to contribute to Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary celebrations.

Lincolnshire Co-op and Lincolnshire County Council are working together to bring you Radiating Signalsa project to produce flags representing different Lincolnshire communities, linked to Magna Carta.

If you would like to participate, do come along and join the discussion in Horncastle on what’s great about our area, and then help to brief our local artists on how you think our local communities should be represented.

When: Monday 30th March, 7- 9pm
Where: The Stanhope Hall, Boston Road, Horncastle LN9 6NF
Cost: Free, Book here Continue reading