Working with partner organisations across the UK Parliament in the Making will encourage people from every community to reflect on the UK’s democratic heritage, as well as how this has shaped today’s world and our attitude.
Those learning English as a foreign language can already access Parliamentary resources through the British Council’s Magna Carta programme. In December 2014, in partnership with Parliament, Girlguiding are launching a new challenge, ‘Girls Matter: Hear Our Voice’, for their young girls and young women.
We are working closely with a number of Magna Carta towns on joint initiatives, most notably the City of London, Hereford, Lincoln, Runnymede and Salisbury. We will be working with organisations of all sizes from The British Library to the BBC, from De Montfort University to the Simon de Montfort Society, from the Women's Institute (WI) to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
Parliament is a member of the Magna Carta 800th Committee, chaired by Sir Robert Worcester, which is a sub-committee of the Magna Carta Trust. Information on the international programme that they are coordinating can be found on www.magnacarta800th.com. The Magna Carta 800th are planning to hold a mock trial of the Magna Carta Barons and Bishops in Westminster Hall on 31 July 2015.
Parliament Week is a programme of events and activities that connect people with parliamentary democracy in the UK. A special Parliament Week will run in 2015 focussing on the future of our democracy. Organisations from across the country run events and activities throughout the week which explore what parliamentary democracy means to them and their community, over 271 partners are already signed up.
Parliament will be hosting and supporting a number of partner-led conferences in 2015 including the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference: 'Human Rights in the Modern Day Commonwealth ‘Magna Carta to Commonwealth Charter’ from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 February 2015. The conference will bring together parliamentarians, experts and academics to explore the practical and social understanding of rights and freedoms. It will conclude with a debate with Commonwealth and Chevening Scholars on the fundamental nature of human rights, giving parliamentarians and young people the opportunity to engage with one another on the future development of human rights protection. The parliamentarians and young participants will also attend a private viewing of the four surviving original copies of the 1215 document when they are displayed in Parliament.
Parliament will also act as a partner for the History of Parliament Trust’s Conference: ‘Making Constitutions, Building Parliaments: Constructing Representative Institutions, 1000 -2000’. This will take place in Parliament from 30 June to 3 July 2015.
Can other organisations get involved?
If you know organisations who would like to partner on the 2015 programme please get them to contact: