Mind the Gap and Freedom Studios have received £49,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project called Magna Carta on Trial. Young people from Bradford will creatively investigate the heritage of Magna Carta during its 800th anniversary year in 2015. They will explore the context in which the Magna Carta was written, its journey through history and its legacy of freedom and democracy worldwide.
Mind the Gap and Freedom Studios will work alongside professors and students from Heritage Partner Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Leeds.
The project will enable local young people with and without learning disabilities to research the history of the Magna Carta leading to public celebratory events on the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta on 15th June 2015. This event will raise awareness of the Magna Carta and commemorate the anniversary through a theatrical event located at the Council Chambers in Bradford City Hall at 10am and 1pm. Book now:
Following this event, a fun and inspiring film will be made by and for diverse young people to educate other young people on the Magna Carta; its importance and what it means today. The film will be used as a key educational tool, both standalone and as part of a schools workshop tour that will reach 10 schools and community groups this autumn.
The funding has also enabled Mind the Gap and Freedom Studios to employ two new part time freelance roles to help deliver the project. They will also be seeking volunteers to help support the events and workshops.
The project, Magna Carta on Trial, will make this internationally significant historical document more accessible and share its importance with young people across the UK during its 800th anniversary year.
Commenting on the award, Mind the Gap’s Executive Director Julia Skelton said: “This investment from HLF will enable Mind the Gap to run an exciting project with fellow Bradford based theatre company Freedom Studios. Together we will use our creative expertise to share the heritage of the Magna Carta and its impact on us today with a diverse range of young people from across our district.”
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk.