St Albans Cathedral celebrates £3,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Fri, 19 July 2013

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St Albans Cathedral is one of the first organisations in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, it was announced today.

This exciting project ‘Magna Carta: 800th anniversary celebrations at St Albans Cathedral’ celebrates the involvement of St Albans Cathedral in the establishment of the Magna Carta, through a series of interactive events, workshops, family trails, educational resources and opportunities to volunteer.

Throughout August, families and visitors to St Albans have the once in a lifetime chance to see the Lincoln Copy of the Magna Carta at St Albans Cathedral (click here to book tickets), the place where Churchmen and barons held their first meeting to discuss their grievances against King John. This historic meeting eventually led to the articles that became Magna Carta, sealed at Runnymede in 1215. Younger visitors will be able to take part in illuminated lettering workshops, see live demonstrations from bowmen and calligraphers, explore family trails and re-enact life in a medieval scriptorium.

The Magna Carta celebrations will create 30 new volunteering opportunities including Family Stewards and Arts and Crafts Assistants. Anyone wishing to find out more should contact the Cathedral at

Commenting on the award, The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans said: “It is not widely known that the Abbey played a key role in the development of the Magna Carta. Thanks to this grant the Cathedral is looking forward to an exciting August filled with Magna Carta themed family trails, interactive events and workshops which will help people learn about their local heritage and understand why the Magna Carta was so important.”

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Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that the Magna Carta: 800th Anniversary Celebrations at St Albans Cathedral can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such difference things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”

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