Courtesy of the LSE Women’s Library

Royal Holloway, University of London, has been awarded a grant of £485,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a three year project entitled Citizens, charting the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform from Magna Carta to the Suffragettes and beyond.


Citizens will see Royal Holloway produce a suite of free video-based learning resources for schools developed in partnership with the AQA exam board; deliver two MOOCs; launch a new annual Festival of History and create a network of over 15 local museum partners and community based research groups exploring, recording and sharing local stories in the struggle for liberty.


The project also sees the launch of a second series of Constitutional Conventions, an innovative inter-school debating competition to draft clauses for a modern Magna Carta that are then exhibited in the Supreme Court.


The Project’s Director, Dr Matthew Smith, writes, “In 2015 we celebrated the beginning of a journey that started with King John sealing Magna Carta at Runnymede. Now we turn to explore what happened next, how a charter that was almost immediately reneged upon by the king and annulled by the Pope inspired a tradition of protest and the pursuit of liberty, justice and eventually democracy.”


Citizens is supported by a wide range of partners including the Parliamentary Archives and Education Service, The History of Parliament Trust, The National Archives, the People’s History Museum, the National Justice Museum and others.