A fantastic trip to Salisbury to see the Magna Carta.
It was a glorious day and we went on the train, which was a lovely trip. Salisbury is such a lovely place anyway and we went via the park and river in the sunshine, with plenty of wildlife about
We wandered around the cathedral first, looking at the points of interest on the leaflet, there is a lot there and it is a beautiful building.
This mechanical clock has ticked more than 4.4 billion times since it was built.
We also saw lots of statues and tombs which were really interesting. We saw the tomb of William Longspee (1226) who was the first person to be buried in the Cathedral, he was the half-brother of King John, and his advisor at the 1215 Magna Carta negotiations.
After a good look round the Cathedral we then had a go at writing with a quill and ink and making a seal (with soft modelling clay)
We then got to see the Magna Carta display, which included a draw containing this above. We couldn’t believe how neat and small the writing was.
It was then time for the big event, which was seeing the Magna Carta itself, which is surprising small and took over 50 hours to write out.
There was a full transcript on the wall with some very interesting bits. There was also more information about how the Magna Carta was used and renewed at various points in history and how it was used in the English Civil War against King Charles I.
Also how it was used by the Suffragettes.
We finished will an ice-cream and a paddle in the stream which was fab.
See also: LiberTea and cake
Some very good resources here about it all:
See here for more history