Artistic links to Magna Carta

Artist Emma Horsfield is working with 60 kids from schools across Pontefract to produce artwork on Magna Carta. There is a week of events planned to mark Pontefract�"s links with Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary in June
Artist Emma Horsfield is working with 60 kids from schools across Pontefract to produce artwork on Magna Carta. There is a week of events planned to mark Pontefract�"s links with Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary in June

Youngsters from schools across Pontefract are gearing up for the town’s celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Artist Emma Horsfield, a member of the town’s Magna Carta group, helped students create art work which will be displayed in exhibitions across the town in June.

Pupils designed their own shields as well as learning about Pontefract’s links with the historic charter during the session at NEW College on Friday.

Mrs Horsfield said: “A great day was had by all and the pupils produced some spectacular artwork.

“Many of the children didn’t know much about the Magna Carta so I had the opportunity to teach them a bit about it whilst they made their pieces of art.

“Hopefully they will spread the word with their classmates, as they seemed very interested, particulary about John de Lacy who lived at Pontefract Castle.”

The event was organised by Louise Limbert, of Pontefract Education Trust, along with schools and Mrs Horsfield.

The youngsters’ work will go on show in the town’s Valley Gardens, on banners around the town centre, as part of an exhibition in Pontefract Library and in the Pontefract Education Trust’s magazine later this year.

The Magna Carta was the first document imposed on a King of England by group of his barons in an attempt to limit his powers and protect their laws.

One of the barons involved in getting the charter signed was John de Lacy, then the lord of Pontefract Castle.

As part of the celebrations Pontefract Civic Society has also been granted planning permission for a new monument outside Pontefract Town Hall.

It will feature carvings noting the town’s links with the 800-year-old charter.

Members of Pontefract Magna Carta Society received a replica of the Magna Carta last month. It is on show at St Giles’ Church before being taken around schools in the town.