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Rhoda NevinsBy Rhoda Nevins
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Rhoda NevinsBy Rhoda Nevins
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About

This year we are celebrating the 800th anniversary of sealing of the Magna Carta one of the most important historical events in our history and certainly one of the most important documents ever created which has had an impact on the spread of law and order and democracy throughout the world. 

The Magna Carta Embroidery is a unique project of twelve unique embroidery panels. The project was started three years ago and Rhoda and the team have been working round the clock to get the project finished. 

The panels tell the story of what happened in 1215 when the Barons, with the help of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton decided that they'd had enough of King John and devised the Magna Carta, a legal document, sealed by the King, which took power away from the Monarchy and give it to the people. 

 About the panels The panels are a pictorial representation of what happened in 1215 and will be a lasting legacy to the nation of important events in both the charter towns and in some of the countries that have adopted the principles of the Magna Carta throughout the world. 

Magna Carta Runnymede Embroidery Panel
Magna Carta Runnymede Embroidery Panel

The Magna Carta has been used as the basis for the rule of law, the foundation of democracy, our legal system and our Parliament and its principles have been adopted in many countries throughout the world. Above is the Runnymede Panel where King John sealed the Magna Carta, you can see King John at the centre of the panel surrounded by the Barons, below the Barons arriving from the Charter Towns to make sure King John seals the Magna Carta. At the top left is Stephen Langton, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was the driving force behind the Magna Carta. Just like the Bayeaux Tapestry (which is actually an embroidery) these panels tell an story about one of the most important periods in our history. The panels bring to life the events behind the sealing of the Magna Carta and how democracy spread throughout the world as a result. In fact there were many Magna Cartas although there are only four surviving copies, one in Lincoln Cathedral, and another in Salisbury Cathedral and two at the British Library. The actual Magna Carta is an historical document scribed onto parchment and while fascinating to read does not tell us the story of the events of 1215 and beyond. The embroideries tell the story. 

Magna Carta Embroidery: America panel
Magna Carta Embroidery: America panel

 Above is the America panel which tells the story of what how we arrived in the US with John Cabot claiming America for Britain, John Smith being captured in James Town, the Boston Tea Party, General Cornwallis surrendering to George Washington and the White House. 

Above is the America panel which tells the story of how we arrived in the US.


The twelve panels comprise panels for the charter towns, including, Runnymede, St Albans, Bury St Edmunds, the City of London, Cantebury and one panel depicting the 25 shields of the Barons present at the sealing of the Magna Carta. The other panels depict how the Magna Carta influenced the spread of law and order throughout the former colonies and British commonwealth and include: America, South Africa, Australia, Canada and India.

Magna Carta Embroidery: Barons panel
Magna Carta Embroidery: Barons panel

Who are we? The panel has been designed by Rhoda Nevins, who is a member of the Royal School of Needlework.  She was commissioned by Runnymede Borough Council to create the panels. So far Rhoda, who helped embroider the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress has completed 9 out of the 12 (so far) panels. The panels are framed to conservation and museum standards. She is working with a team of volunteers to finish the project before June 15 2015 when they will be on display in Runnymede when the country will come together to mark this auspicious anniversary. Here's Rhoda and some of the team at work on one of the panels. 

Magna Carta Embroidery project: Rhoda and some of her team working on a panel
Magna Carta Embroidery project: Rhoda and some of her team working on a panel

 What we need funds for

We have had a fantastic reaction to the panels so far and want as many people as possible to see The Magna Carta Embroidery. We have a lot of interest from all over the UK and there are many museums, schools and venues holding celebratory events that want to show the panels. We’ve even had interest from the US who are very interested in the Magna Carta. Our diary is filling up and we need funding to transport the panels and pay for the expenses of exhibiting. Our first exhibition was last November at the Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendall but we are getting enquiries all the time.  Here's something from ITV about us in Kenal http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2014-11-02/magna-carta-tapestries-in-pictures/

Pubicity: We have had a lot of press coverage including being on ITV news four times http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2014-01-29/royal-wedding-dress-embroider-takes-on-new-challenge/ and  

BBC Radio Four Today programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04p7zxt 

and lots more press coverage including more radio and print press, perhaps you've heard about us already. 

Here are two of the framed panels with the tea towels and fridge magnets we are selling to raise funds.

Magna Carta Embroidery project: Tea towels and framed embroideries
Magna Carta Embroidery project: Tea towels and framed embroideries

Exhibitions: We need the money to take the embroideries around the country so that as many people as possible can enjoy them and learn about the Magna Carta. They bring the Magna Carta to life and really tell a story that people can relate to rather than just looking at a piece of parchment written in Latin.

Website We also want to raise funds to build a website so that as many people as possible can have access to the panels and find out about the Magna Carta, see pictures of the panels and learn as much as they can about the Magna Carta.  Will also include links to useful sites, like the British Museum and more.  

Book We are planning on publishing a commemorative book which will show all the panels and tell the story behind each one and the historical events, people and places featured in each panel. The book will also describe the process behind the panels, how they were designed, why each element was chosen and how they were made. It will also go into detail about the various embroidery styles used and more about the team behind the project. Schools and educational value The panels have a wide range of educational applications that can be used as teaching tools, history, storytelling, geography and design and technology and we are talking to a number of schools about how they can use the panels as a teaching tool across the curriculum. British Panels Panels include the Charter Towns Runnymede, Canterbury, Bury St Edmunds, City of London, America, Canada, Australia, India and the continent of Africa, there is also a panel featuring the shields of the Barons (seen below) who persuaded King John to seal the Magna Carta. Overseas Panels There are (or will be) panels for some of the Commonwealth Countries, including Canada, Australia, India, Australia/New Zealand and the continent of Africa. Each panel depicts what happened in that country, how we arrived and how we left and how the principles laid down in the Magna Carta (which in America's case is mentioned in its Constitution) influenced the formation of those country's governments.Events planned so far include a one month exhibition at The Quaker Quilt Museum in Kendall, Royal Holloway Magna Carta, Barnes Church, and the main event in Runnymede on June 15th 2015, and we are in the process of setting up and/or finalising events with the following, Surrey Museums and Libraries, an exhibit at GLive in Guildford, US Embassy in London and Magna Carta Canada. There has been a lot of interest in this project, including in the press and on television, including ITV news (three times) and BBC Radio and this coverage is in its own way promoting the 800th and raising awareness of the 800th anniversary through a variety of media channels and will continue to do. Have a look at our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/magnacartaembroidery or see us on Twitter @MagnaCartaSew We really hope you can support us in this exciting project.

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest challenges we have had so far is raising funds. So far Rhoda has paid for everything herself apart from the framing. The UK Treasury gave £1 million to fund various projects to promote the Magna Carta. We have been lucky to receive funds from Runnymede Borough Council to pay for the panels to be framed to museum and conservation standards and have bequeathed them to Runnymede. The embroidery panels are inteneded as are a legacy to the nation and something that we hope will help keep the Magna Carta alive for years to come.

However, we are extremely disappointed not to have received funding from the Magna Carta 800 Committee which was set up to oversee the Treasury money, www.magnacarta800.com to fund projects such as ours and despite being told we were likely to receive funds we have not. This is a huge blow for our plans despite us being encouraged by the Committee to apply twice now for funding.

Bringing this project to life has taken huge amounts of dedication and time. It's such an honour to be asked to do this embroidery and it's a legacy and it brings the Magna Carta to life. We are working against the clock to get the project finished by June when all the panels will be on display, hopefully in front of HRH the Queen.
We need your support to take the embroideries around the country so that as many people as possible can enjoy them and learn about the Magna Carta. They bring the Magna Carta to life and really tell a story that people can relate to rather than just looking at a piece of parchment written in Latin.

After the project is funding we will then need to find more places where people can see the embroideries because we would love to keep showing them after this important year is over. So far we have exhibits planned in Somerset, Hull, Leighton Buzzard, London, Bath, Wales and of course at many events in Surrey. Children love the embroideries and because they tell the story so clearly it is a great way to talk about the Magna Carta and bring it to life.

It's an exciting year for us and with your help we really feel we can reach our goals and hope that you will come and see the panels if they come to a venue near you.

We are determined to make this project work and your support would make such a huge difference to us - we really hope you can help. Thank you.

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