Throughout 2015, the Houses of Parliament has been commemorating two significant anniversaries: 750 years since the Simon de Montfort parliament and 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta.
A year-long programme, Parliament in the Making, has celebrated those anniversaries in various ways, with ‘The Beginnings of that Freedome’ banner exhibition in Parliament’s Westminster Hall at the heart of the programme. Featuring 18 large-scale banners, created by nine artists, this exhibition shows how the UK has built a powerful system of civil rights and representative government over the last 800 years. Each banner provides a dynamic visual representation of the milestone moments and movements which made a difference in the journey to the rights and representation that we enjoy today.
The exhibition continues until 12 December 2015 and is free to view either by visiting in person or via the virtual gallery on our website.
Once the exhibition is over, the banners will be gifted to appropriate organisations to allow increased access to the public to engage with them. Parliament is seeking applications from charitable, educational, political and cultural organisations interested in receiving one of the banners.
Applicants will be asked to complete a brief application form. Organisations may apply for more than one banner but each application should be made on a separate form. It is not expected that an organisation will be gifted more than one banner. Deadline for applications is 5 January 2016.