The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta provided an opportunity to deepen the understanding of the crucial role it has played in the development of the individual rights enjoyed by many people across the world today.
Roger of Wendover describes a meeting at Bury St Edmunds in 1214, and it is now widely accepted this happened nearly a month before the Feast of St Edmund. A group of Barons met in St Edmund’s Abbey and swore an oath to compel King John to accept their demands. This act led directly to the Great Charter or the Magna Carta, agreed at Runnymede in 1215.
The Light and Sound festival explored eight different themes enshrined in the Magna Carta, and locations around the town were chosen to symbolise these themes. At each location, there was a light show accompanied by music and an extract from an historic speech on the theme.
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1. Charter Square - Theme: Past, present and future liberty as shown by the pageants
2. Moyse’s Hall - Theme: The law and imprisonment – at one time, Moyse’s Hall was a gaol.
3. The Market Cross - Theme: The liberties - this building was a Georgian Theatre
4. The Guildhall - Theme: The law courts - this building was a law court
5. The Unitarian Meeting House - Theme: Religious freedom
6. The Great Churchyard - Theme: The Great Abbey and religion
7. The Crossing within the Abbey Ruins - Theme: The Barons meeting at the Abbey
8. The Abbey Gate - Theme: Conflict when liberties are threatened
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