Magna Carta – 800th Anniversary Competition

The University of Lincoln is launching two competitions to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

Thanks to funding from the Magna Carta Trust’s 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee, the University of Lincoln is launching a competition for students and staff to design and build a sculpture for its campus for perpetuity. The sculpture will celebrate the Magna Carta, liberty and the 2015 celebrations. It will be judged by a panel including the poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy. The winner will build their design and see it unveiled on 13th June 2016, the 801st anniversary.

Alongside this, a schools artwork competition will engage school children across Lincolnshire in a Magna Carta art exhibition at the University of Lincoln. Two winners, one from each age category, 5-9 years and 10-17 years, will receive £50 Amazon vouchers and will see their work on display at the University and published in the Lincolnshire Echo. MD Steven Fletcher will judge the competition alongside academics from the University.


Project timetable:                


October 2015              Launch competition for design of piece of public art to students of the University of Lincoln.

Launch schools competition for young people aged 5-18 to create a piece of art to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta sealing in 1215. (Two prize age categories 5-9 and 10-17).


Oct-Dec 2015              Academics working with students on creating their designs.

Visits to local schools providing talks and information on the Magna Carta, its legacy and future.


December 30th            Closing date for both competitions


January 18th                Announcement of Sculpture selected


June 13th 2016            Sculpture unveiled on campus

Launch of Exhibition of Young Peoples Artwork

New BBC Ebook – Lincoln Professor’s Research on World War One

Research by Jane Chapman, Professor of Communications in Lincoln’s School of English & Journalism, about life during World War One has helped produce a new interactive Ebook from the BBC.

Professor Chapman was among a group of consultants who worked on the project as part of the BBC’s network-wide coverage commemorating the war, leading up to the centenary of the Armistice in 2018.

The ‘World War One at Home’ Ebook uses original journalism, digital technology and archival film, sound, images and documents to reflect the lives of the many people and communities caught up in the conflict.

The Ebook, which is free to download, builds on the successof the BBC’s local radio coverage last year when journalists used the research of its academic consultants to compile features and news items.

Professor Chapman, who specialises in researching media, culture and literature from the war, spent time exploring the archives at the War Reserve Collection at the University of Cambridge’s Library.

She was also able to use her specialist research on World War One cartoons, especially work by the father of British comic strips, W.K. Haselden, whose characterisation of the Kaiser and his son as  ‘Big and Little Willie’ was a big hit with Daily Mirror readers on the Home Front.

In one cartoon, he refers to the shelling of Whitby, and in another strip, features a scatty, modern young woman (a ‘flapper’) called Miss Joy Flapperton.


The project was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Care for the Future initiative, which explores how the relationship between the past, present and future shapes our understanding of the world around us.

Katherine Morrison, the BBC executive in charge of World War One at Home, said: “Thanks to the endeavours of all involved we’ve discovered new and surprising material that we’d probably never have found on our own.”

To download this free interactive Ebook – compatible for use on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire tablets – and discover more about the home front of Britain and Ireland visit:

Twitter #BBCWW1ebook

‘Comics and the World Wars – a Cultural Record’ (ed. Chapman, 2015 Palgrave).