What is the Magna Carta?
The Magna Carta is a legal document that was signed at Runnymead on June 15th 1215. It was issued by King John, guaranteeing certain rights to his barons. Salisbury Cathedral contains one of only four original copies, and 2015 will mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. It is one of the most celebrated documents in English history and has become recognised as a cornerstone of liberty influencing much of the civilised world. The Magna Carta is famous as a symbol of justice, fairness, and human rights.
Salisbury Cathedrals link to the Magna Carta:
Salisbury Cathedral’s Magna Carta is the best preserved of the four remaining original exemplars. It is displayed in the magnificent 13th century Chapter House of one of Europe’s most beautiful medieval buildings. Elias of Dereham, priest and steward, bought the copy to Old Sarum in the days following events at Runnymede and it has remained in the Cathedral’s care ever since.
800th Anniversary Celebrations:
Salisbury Cathedral will re-display and re-present its Magna Carta in an exciting interactive exhibition in the newly-conserved Chapter House, using the latest interpretation techniques to communicate Magna Carta’s historic background and modern significance to the many extra visitors it expects to welcome in 2015.
Requirements For App:
-must be feasible
-must be linked to the Magna Carta in some way
-style guidance – maintain consistency throughout app components
-follow branding guidelines
-clearly target an audience (children 5-10, teens 10-18, adults)
-ask for existing assets and make own
It is important to carry out research on the Magna Carta as it is the topic for our apps. It has developed my understanding of the Magna Carta and visiting Salisbury Cathedral will enhance my knowledge further. Creating an app with no background research would result in the final product being unsuccessful, so by carrying out research it means the app will be more reliable with correct information regarding the Magna Carta. This is extremely important as there would be no point producing an app that gave users incorrect information about the Magna Carta. It is also important to understand how the exhibition will work within the Cathedral, the layout, colour scheme and existing media that they are exhibiting etc. Visiting Salisbury Cathedral and gathering information about the public space and its audience will also help us to develop app ideas in order to successfully create a valuable app for the exhibition. Understanding and complying to the clients requirements is crucial as this is a live brief where we are working as design agencies for real clients. Following clients requirements will ensure that the end product is more successful and valued within the 800th anniversary exhibition.
We will be visiting Salisbury Cathedral next week, where I will collect more information and analyse the public space and audience. We will also be receiving preparations guides and style guidance documents from clients which are vital to understand and adhere to throughout the development of our apps.
Salisbury Catherdral, 2015. Magna Carta [online]. Available from: http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/magna-carta [Accessed 4 February 2015].
Salisbury Cathedral, 2015. Engaging Exhibitrs Reveal Salisbury’s Magna Carta Story. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iboHtKczuw [Accessed 4 February 2015].