New Magna Carta programme manager

2:10pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

By Hannah White

THE programme manager for the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary events at Salisbury Cathedral has arrived in the city to begin a two-year contract.

Seif El Rashidi is taking responsibility for the delivery of the cathedral’s programme of events throughout 2015.

As home to the finest of the four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta, the cathedral has been developing an extensive programme for 2015, with initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

At the heart of its plans is a new exhibition to be created by design specialists Haley Sharpe.

The UNESCO listed document is regarded as the foundation for human rights, law and democracy worldwide.

Mr El Rashidi said: “It is hard to think of a document with as much international impact as Magna Carta, and indeed of any document still so relevant after 800 years. Add in the fact that the Salisbury Magna Carta has such a strong link to the cathedral itself and it’s easy to see why 2015 will be an incredibly important year for Salisbury.

“I feel privileged to be working as part of the cathedral team to deliver an exhibition and associated events of international significance, befitting the extraordinary importance of both the document and Salisbury Cathedral.”

Planned activities include a schools programme and working with various agencies involved with youth and adult offenders in a range of creative projects.

There will also be the Magna Flora flower festival in September, Magna Cantata music project, a lecture series, and a creative writing competition for children and adults.

The cathedral’s plans for the anniversary weekend - June 13 to 15, 2015 - are to be revealed in the autumn.

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