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Published on : Friday, May 22, 2015
To mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, signed in Runnymede just 5 miles away from today’s airport grounds, Heathrow is playing host to special medieval guests in and around the terminals, as well as sponsoring a landmark River Relay retracing the steps of the original Charter so many years ago.
This weekend, history will come alive as medieval royalty, knights and jesters roam around Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5 providing entertainment and obliging modern selfie requests. Children and adults alike will be able to re-enact the “Signing” of the Magna Carta, make their own medieval jewellery, and have an opportunity to take away their own Magna Carta scroll as a special souvenir of British history, no matter their final destination.
Heathrow has also partnered with Egham Museum to create a graphic novel depicting the history of the Charter, to be handed to young passengers travelling through this weekend and available for free download nationwide from the Museum’s website, to allow all to explore the history and significance of Magna Carta.
To cap the celebrations, Heathrow has partnered with local councils and businesses to sponsor a River Relay race taking place in honour of the anniversary from the 13th to the 14th of June, organised by Thames Alive. Stopping at various points from Hurley Riverside to Runnymede Pleasure Ground, the event will recount the story of the Magna Carta while young relay bearers board the Royal Shallop “Jubilant” and other craft join the flotilla as it travels downstream.
Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland – Kaye says: “We have close ties with local communities and are proud to honour key moments in our history. The Magna Carta was signed close to where the airport is today and we want to celebrate what it has done to make Britain the dynamic and open society we enjoy. ”
The Magna Carta is one of the most celebrated documents in British history. Most of its 63 clauses granted by King John dealt with specific grievances relating to his rule. However, buried within them were a number of fundamental values that proved highly adaptable in future centuries, including the 39th clause which gave all ‘free men’ the right to justice and a fair trial. Some of the Magna Carta’s core principles are echoed in the United States Bill of Rights (1791) and in many other constitutional documents around the world, as well as in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the European Convention on Human Rights (1950).