Trowbridge’s forthcoming Magna Carta celebrations look set to raise the profile of the town’s unique heritage, thanks to a grant of £13,700 awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The grant will be used to support a wide range of Magna Carta -related events and
activities including: the Museum’s Magna Carta Game of Barons exhibition, its
medieval school workshops, Medieval craft activities for adults and children, a
Magna Carta/Henry de Bohun trail, a Magna Carta conference, the first of its kind in
the town’s history, a national town crier’s competition and a Magna Carta event and
Medieval Fayre, helping thousands of locals and visitors to discover Trowbridge’s
fascinating connections with Magna Carta, which celebrates its 800th anniversary this year.
The town’s special links to Magna Carta arise from Henry de Bohun, lord of the manor of Trowbridge, who was elected to be one of the twenty-five barons present at Runnymede in 1215 to persuade King John to agree to Magna Carta. Wiltshire is the only county to include both a Baron Town and one of the original 1215 copies of the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral.
Trowbridge’s Magna Carta events programme will open with the Museum’s
Exhibition, which will be officially unveiled by the County’s Lord Lieutenant, Sarah
Troughton on Saturday 28th February at 12.00 noon.
Refreshments will be based on Medieval recipes of the period.
‘HLF’s funding has given a fantastic start to Trowbridge’s Magna Carta events
in what will be a wonderful celebratory year’, says Museum Curator, Clare Lyall.
Commenting on the grant award, Nerys Watts, Head of HLF in the South West, said: “Magna Carta is one of the world’s most important documents and is still hugely relevant to our lives today. We were delighted to be able to help Trowbridge to tell Magna Carta’s fascinating story and look forward to seeing their exciting plans