Pontefract & The Magna Carta




The Magna Carta is universally accepted as an iconic document widely held to be the foundation of democracy. Its origin was a peace treaty between King John and a group of barons who were rebelling against his rule. Twenty-five barons signed the Magna Carta, of which only five were from Yorkshire, including the Baron of Pontefract ‘John-de-Lacy’.

During 2015, the Trust worked closely with local community groups, the council, local artist Emma Horsfield and heritage groups to deliver local exhibitions in the town and the valley gardens.  The PET held a very special Magna Carta Art day at Pontefract NEW College, where representatives from each school enjoyed the use of the brand new art facilities whilst producing work for the library exhibition.

A collaborative approach to learning, though sharing expertise and resources on the history and importance of the Magna Carta was adopted by the Trust schools. Because of Pontefract’s significance during the sealing of the document, the Pontefract Rotary Club presented a framed copy of the Magna Carta to every school in the PET as a reminder of its significance even today.