This year 2015 marks the marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the origins of democracy. In celebration, libraries across Oxfordshire have pledged to help young peoples' voices be heard, by providing exciting creative projects about being young active citizens.
The Magna Carta was granted by King John of England on 15 June 1215. It said that the king was subject to the law rather than being above it. . Magna Carta remains a cornerstone of the British constitution, and it is one of the most famous documents in the world
Young change makers
Young people from all across Oxfordshire will be able to take place in creative activities. They will explore how to become “change makers” through different media, with the help of artists and creative organisations including Oxford Contemporary Music, Pegasus Theatre, First Story and The Story Museum, as as well as staff in the county’s 43 libraries.
As well as writing, designing exhibitions, creating musical soundscapes, films and digital art, and developing drama and dance young people will also be visiting the Bodleian’s new Weston Library in Oxford to see the 1217 Magna Carta on display, and visit the Houses of Parliament to debate with politicians.
There will also be drop-in activities, and library visitors will be treated to exciting events in their local libraries like promenade theatre, soap box speeches, dance, puppetry, sound art and exhibitions - all created by young people to express their identities, thoughts and opinions about the big issues of the day.