13 June – 13 September 2015
The historic cities of Salisbury and Lincoln had much to celebrate in 2015 – their connection to the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta – ‘The Great Charter of Liberty’ – the most celebrated document in English history, that led to the rule of constitutional law, limiting the powers of monarchy and establishing human rights for everyone in England.
Both cities hold original copies of Magna Carta and they have chosen to celebrate a piece of history through art with The Barons’ Charter. This Wild in Art event gave everyone a ‘right royal’ opportunity to find out more about this monumental event in the country’s legal history and ‘meet’ the individuals who were involved – namely, the Barons (wealthy landowners of medieval England) who, together with King John, were instrumental in its creation.
In Lincoln, the Barons’ Charter Trail was presented by Lincoln BIG working with The Trussell Trust and there was a trail of 25 life-sized King John’s Barons throughout the city. Each sculpture was named after one of the Barons that was present at Magna Carta’s sealing, in 1215, and included fascinating information about him and his role in this pivotal moment.
Local businesses and artists worked together to decorate each Baron in a different theme, thereby creating a truly community-wide celebration.
Matt Corrigan, Chief Executive of Lincoln Business Improvement District said:
“The Barons gave Lincoln the chance to celebrate not only the creativity of its artists, but also the diversity of Lincoln’s heritage. The designs showcased the city’s religious and military history as well as its vibrant subcultures, industry and sport and were a real opportunity for us to show Lincoln’s strengths and unique character to the world.”
The Barons were auctioned in October 2015 with a proportion of the proceeds going to The Trussell Trust, in support of its invaluable work in running a network of over 400 foodbanks in the UK.
Find out more about Lincoln’s Barons’ Charter Trail at: www.lincolnbarons.com
Find out more about The Barons’ Charter Trail Salisbury 2015