Budget agreed for events to mark Magna Carta sealing

The only surviving 1216 issue of Magna Carta, which will be on display at'Durham University's Palace Green Library from June 1 to August 31.
The only surviving 1216 issue of Magna Carta, which will be on display at'Durham University's Palace Green Library from June 1 to August 31.

Members of Alnwick Town Council agreed a budget of £750 for celebrations relating to the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.

One of the 25 barons involved with the charter in 1215 was Alnwick’s Eustace de Vesci.

The council is working with partners in the town to arrange a series of events to mark the occasion, which will be confirmed this month.

An exhibition will run at the Bailiffgate Museum fom Tuesday, May 19, to Sunday, July 5, with a facsimile, translation and other information on display, while Alnwick Castle will host another exhibition to include the display of a King John seal.

There will also be weekly events at the museum, such as a talk by Peter Carter on Monday, June 15, the exact date of the 800th anniversary.

Schools competitions are going to be held around the theme, an English oak tree may be planted and a book on the Magna Carta purchased.

There is also likely to be a consultation event on or around Sunday, June 14, for people to celebrate, debate and reflect on liberties as part of the national Libertea events.