June 15th 2015 marked the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. There are a number of different events going on to celebrate this landmark including a procession of the Carta up and down the country and we thought we’d get involved too!
Magna Carta, meaning ‘The Great Charter’, was issued by King John of England in1215. Magna Carta laid down the idea that everybody, even the king, was subject to the law of the land. Although many of the articles set down were repealed, it remains a cornerstone of the British constitution, including establishing the belief that all ‘free men’ should have the right to justice and a fair trial. The Magna Carta influenced the development of several charters on rights including the United States Bill of Rights.
This is such an important event we decided to include it as one of the images on our National Curriculum based range of History stickers. We’re not sure if there were any bees present at the event but we have included the buzzing little chap ‘curriculum bee‘ on our 38mm ones.
This week also marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, which took place on the 18th of June 1815. This momentous event stopped Napoleon in his tracks on his march through Europe and sent him into exile on the Island of St Helena.
Visit http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta for more information about the Magna Carta’s history, and some fab teaching resources including videos and animations. Also have a look at http://www.nam.ac.uk/waterloo200/ for lesson ideas and information about Waterloo.
If you’re including these events in your assemblies or classes this week we’d love to see pictures and comments. Keep us posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages, we’d love to see them. Great British history, Great British stickers!