Student architects host free public exhibition

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A team of student architects will launch a free public exhibition in Louth, showcasing creative suggestions for the historic site of the town’s former cattle market.

The exhibition of architectural designs and models will open at St James’ Church in Louth from Wednesday 1st – Thursday 9th July, hosted by final-year students from the University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design.

The work includes a number of three dimensional drawings and architectural sketches, which illustrate a range of theoretical development ideas, from food and market activities to a care hotel and education centre.

The collection of designs was showcased as part of the students’ recent Degree Show at the University, which concluded a project exploring the future development of Louth’s livestock market site.

The Louth Cattle Market Site: Ideas for a Community project was launched last year by John Napier, Senior Lecturer at Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design, together with Nicola Marshall, a former Town Manager in Louth.

John Napier said: “It is always a bonus for our students when they can work with a real-life scenario – as is the case with Louth livestock market site – for their final project before going into practice. The students have worked hard on their plans and have come up with some extremely creative ideas.”

Nicola Marshall said: “I am delighted that people from the town will have a chance to see the students’ work first-hand. I have seen the ideas develop over the last year and I am sure they will offer a new perspective. I am grateful to Reverend Nick Brown and St James’ Church for hosting the exhibition, and for the support of local councillors.”

The exhibition opens at the church at 5pm on Wednesday 1st July and runs until 12pm Thursday 9th July. It will be open to the public during normal church opening times.

Generation Magna Carta: Bringing history to life

Staff and students from across the University of Lincoln’s College of Arts are this week telling the historic story of Magna Carta in a series of specially-produced radio programmes for the BBC.

As people around the world celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta – which enshrined in England the rule of law, separation of church and state and the right to trial by jury – the team from the University of Lincoln has created seven short radio documentaries exploring the context and significance of the historic manuscript.

The commemorative Generation Magna Carta series explores the importance of the Great Charter to diverse groups within English society, at the time that it was sealed by King John at Runnymede, back in 1215. The productions focus on the Magna Carta’s implications for the barons, the lords, the peasants, women, the merchants, Stephen Langton and King John himself, and are designed to bring the thirteenth century society to life for modern-day audiences.

They were produced through a collaboration between Dr Philippa Hoskin and PhD students Sara Mederos and Abi Dorr from the School of History and Heritage, together with Conan Lawrence, Andrew Westerside and recent graduates from the School of Fine & Performing Arts, and Michael Hortin from BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

Dr Hoskin, Reader in History and Heritage at the University of Lincoln, said: “Our Generation Magna Carta series is a fantastic example of a collaboration between Schools, which is supporting our local community’s important Magna Carta commemorations. We have combined historic research with creative performance, and are delighted with the results.

“The 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Great Charter is an important landmark for our county, and the series will certainly encourage listeners to consider just what it was like to live in England during the thirteenth century.”

The city of Lincoln is home to one of only four remaining 1215 Magna Carta manuscripts, and earlier this year Dr Hoskin was selected as one of six world-leading academics to study all four originals when they were brought together at the British Library for the first time since their creation 800 years ago.

Conan Lawrence, Principal Lecturer in the School of Fine & Performing Arts, said: “Andrew and I are proud to have produced this dramatic material to illustrate Philippa’s Magna Carta research and look forward to working on future College-wide productions.”

The first instalment of Generation Magna Carta aired on Monday 15th June – 800 years to the day since the sealing of the Magna Carta. The series will continue every day on BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn in the Morning show until Tuesday 22nd June, and you can listen again to all seven productions online via the BBC Radio Lincolnshire website.

Story Credits: Elizabeth Allen

Professor Peter Linebaugh’s Public Lecture at Lincoln Castle

The Future of the Charters of Liberty in the 21st Century: From Homo Idioticus to Femina Communis, a talk by Professor Peter Linebaugh, presented by artists Emma Rushton & Derek Tyman.


Last night our Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of College Matthew Cragoe had the privilege of introducing renowned historian Professor Peter Linebaugh‘s public lecture which took place in the newly refurbished Victorian Prison at Lincoln Castle. It was a brilliant talk, examining five key moments in the struggle for freedom in these islands, peppered with some suitably salty observations about contemporary politics on both sides of the Atlantic. Professor Peter Linebaugh addressed a packed audience at the Victorian Prison and got a wonderful ovation at the end.

The event marked the sealing of Magna Carta 800 years ago on 15 June 1215 and launched “Gnawed by Rats” a programme of art for Lincoln and foray into the history and contemporary relevance of Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest, by artists Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman.

Professor Peter Linebaugh, is a renowned historian of Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest. His books include The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All, 2008 and most recently Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance, 2014.  He has also written on the history of crime and society  – The London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in the Eighteenth Century, 1991 and as co-editor with EP Thompson and Douglas Hay of Albion’s Fatal Tree: Crime and Society in Eighteenth-Century England, 1975.

Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman’s concerns lie in social and political history. In this project for Lincoln, they will explore Magna Carta’s role in relation to the powers of government and Charter of the Forest’s championship of the subsistence rights of the poor. They are particularly interested in the wider context of ‘the Commons’ i.e. all things from water to rain forests and health provision that are held in common as essential to life for all, but are today increasingly under threat. 

Rushton and Tyman work collaboratively to realise projects and exhibitions, often inviting experts in other areas, musicians, artists, writers, members of the public and activists to contribute to and participate in the work. They studied at the Royal College of Art and currently teach at Leeds and Falmouth universities. They have most recently exhibited Dread of Scarcity, Fear of Abundance at Simultanhalle, Cologne, 2015; Fear of the Surplus, The Tetley, Leeds, 2014 and in Where do I end and you begin, Edinburgh Art Festival, 2014.

Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman’s residency Gnawed by Rats: Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest is part of the Magna Carta Lincoln Voices  programme  2015 -17 and has received funding from The Magna Carta Trust, Arts Council England and Lincoln Culture and Arts Partnership. It is managed by the City of Lincoln Council and the University of Lincoln. 

History student looks forward to excavating Roman site in Spain

In merely a month’s time, I along with two other Lincoln students, will be travelling to south-west Spain where we will be taking part in an archaeological excavation, supported by funding from the School of History and Heritage.

In the city of Merida lies, amongst a plethora of historical artefacts, a series of excavation sites revealing ancient Roman ruins. For a number of years, archaeologists have been painstakingly removing the ground to reveal an incredibly timeworn world beneath the feet of Merida’s residents.

We will be joined by excavation experts and fellow students from the mighty Oxford and various Spanish and Portuguese universities. I am looking forward to meeting so many new, and undoubtedly interesting people during my stay in Merida, and hope to develop my language skills. The experience will afford us students with an insight into how excavations are run, applicable for future job searching in the field. I think I can speak for all three of us when I say how grateful we ae to have been given this amazing opportunity.

A long with my trusty, and already worn in, steel toe-capped boots, I will be bringing with me some protective gloves and if I can get a hold of any, some kneepads. The latter of which has been recommended by more than one archaeologist. It will be strange to consider myself part of the grave-digging clique of historians, having spent most of my academic time digging through Google Scholar rather than Roman amphitheatres. The heat may be a bit more difficult to deal with given my Nordic skin-tone and very British disdain towards weather of any kind.

I trust that I will be in safe hands, given that it will be the first time I have spent more than two weeks in another foreign country (without my parents). But there is a first time for everything, and I believe this trip will hold many firsts for me.

Words: Bradley Taylor (2nd year History and Politics student)

Frequency 2015: Liberty, freedom and the digital revolution


Contemporary art and digital innovation will transform iconic venues and medieval architecture across the historic city of Lincoln when the Frequency Festival of Digital Culture returns to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta this autumn.

Showcasing an extraordinary programme of digital art exhibitions, bespoke installations, live performance and energetic debate, the biennial festival takes place throughout Lincoln from 23rd October – 1st November 2015.

This year, as the festival promises the most exciting line-up of international artists to date, Frequency will adopt the theme of ‘liberation’ and celebrate the legacy of ideas first put forward in Magna Carta in the thirteenth century. The city of Lincoln is home to one of only four surviving copies of the ‘Great Charter’, which is recognised as the foundation of constitutional democracy and the source of many of the civil liberties enjoyed in free countries today.

Digital artists and interactive designers from across the globe, up and down the UK, and from the local area will present new and exciting works of art exploring how the digital revolution has impacted, transformed and enhanced contemporary ideas of liberty and freedom.

seeper – the acclaimed collective which has produced innovative works for the BBC, Glastonbury Festival, Sony and Google – will headline Frequency 2015 with the specially-commissioned world premiere of The One, The Few and The Many at Lincoln Castle, on 30th-31st October. Taking place in the heart of the Castle’s medieval grounds, this monumental outdoor projection show will reimagine the Magna Carta, creating a unique digital playground through a spectacular light, laser and audio display. As the culmination of the Frequency finale weekend, The One, The Few and The Many will bring to a close the city of Lincoln’s historic Magna Carta celebrations.

The pioneering Frequency festival comes to Lincoln for the third time thanks to an established partnership between the University of Lincoln, Lincoln BIG, Visit Lincoln, Lincolnshire One Venues and festival directors Threshold Studios – an artist-led creative media and visual arts organisation.

Wife - Frequency 2013
Wife – Frequency 2013

Uzma Johal, Threshold Studios, said: “We are living in the midst of a technological revolution, in a world that is progressing with such pace that it is mind-blowing to think of the technological advancements that tomorrow might bring. It’s this potential, this explosion of innovation, which makes digital culture so exciting for us all. That’s why we created Frequency – an access-for-all festival that celebrates and debates this fascinating, ever-growing realm, in the heart of Lincoln.

“Frequency 2015 represents a particularly poignant moment, as we take a look back at the ideas of Magna Carta and look ahead to what the future might hold.”

Frequency is renowned for converting historic and unique locations – from an underground Roman gate-house to an 11th century Grade I listed church – into inspiring venues for virtual reality and digital demonstrations. It integrates huge numbers of contemporary art installations into Lincoln’s landscape; a task that is supported by hundreds of volunteers.

The festival brings with it new opportunities for creative professionals, recent graduates and current students, by creating a number of internship positions and inviting contributions from local artists, many of whom come from the University of Lincoln.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “Frequency is a real highlight of Lincoln’s cultural calendar, with audiences able to stumble across the work of eminent artists with often revolutionary installations in the most unexpected of places across the city. The festival represents a fascinating showcase of innovative artwork from local, national and international artists, and we are particularly delighted to be partnering with the festival in 2015 – the University of Lincoln’s ‘Year of Liberty’ – as we celebrate the anniversary of Magna Carta, and the hot-bed of creative talent we have here in the city.”

Conversio, Trope - Frequency 2013
Conversio, Trope – Frequency 2013

Frequency is supported by funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme, and in 2015 it marks the culmination of a year of major Magna Carta-inspired arts projects, which celebrate the legacy and contemporary relevance of the charter.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Frequency Festival is a wonderful fusion of new and old, showcasing some of the best contemporary digital art and culture in a place steeped in so much of our nation’s history. For the Arts Council, Frequency Festival is a chance for people to enjoy the variety of the digital art on offer out there right in the heart of Lincoln. The festival also plays an important part in creating opportunities for local artists, graduates and students to develop their talent and skills, which is vital as we look to the future of our country’s creative industries.”

In 2013, Frequency welcomed 15,000 visitors and boosted the local economy by more than half a million pounds.

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Story credits: Elizabeth Allen