Somerset Art Weeks Showcase at Hestercombe, photo: Laura Cullen

Celebrating the 800 year anniversary of the Magna Carta

Magna Carta Project 2015

Artist Lucy Hinds

In 1215 William Malet, the then Lord of Somerset village Curry Mallet, was one of the 25 barons elected to act as a guarantor of the Magna Carta, which is widely viewed as establishing the rule of constitutional law and individual freedoms that many of us take for granted today. 2015 marked the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John and the village of Curry Mallet celebrated this with a range of activities in June.

Curry Mallet Primary School wanted to invite other local schools to take part in an art project based on the medieval theme of the Magna Carta, so enlisted the help of Somerset Art Works and InspirED.

Artist Lucy Hinds ran workshops for teachers on how to teach rag rugging techniques and take these skills back to their schools.  Pupils learnt about the Magna Carta and came up with their own school designs for these striking banners.

The striking banners were displayed for the Curry Mallet Magna Carta celebrations and also during Somerset Art Weeks at Hestercombe House near Taunton.

Partcipating Schools:

Curry Mallet Church of England VC Primary School

Thurlbear Church of England VA Primary School

Hambridge Community Primary School

Huish Episcopi Primary School

Lydeard St Lawrence Primary School

Huish Episcopi Academy


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Photography: Laura Cullen and Christopher Jelley