Magna Carta 800 years 1215 – 2015

15th to 19th June 2015

The 15th June was the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta and the start of a week of activities: a Conference, Research Presentation, Workshops, an Exhibition and a Charity Market focused on understanding Human Rights, their place in Law and their development throughout History. The Magna Carta can be regarded as a root document for our human and civil rights and its relevance continues to this day. A key objective of the project was to link this historic event to the cause of Human Rights (including the Right to know your Rights) and the role of Citizenship,  not only nationally, in the UK, but also internationally.


The Conference venue was The Ward Room, University of Greenwich, Medway Campus, Chatham Maritime, Kent. For more details of the venue see their website http://wardroomchatham.co.uk/ .

The organiser of this Project is the Human Rights Office.


The project is supported by the Magna Carta Trust’s 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee. The Magna Carta Trust’s 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee is charged by the Magna Carta Trust to co-ordinate activities, raise the profile of the anniversary and deliver a number of key national and international aspirations. For more information, visit www.magnacarta800th.com .

Endorsed by the British Humanist Association.

Supported by North Kent Humanists.

Speakers Confirmed:

Dr Machteld Inge van Dooren LLM (Human Rights Office)

Pavan Dhaliwal MCIPR (British Humanist Association)

Prof. C. (Kees) Flinterman (Emeritus professor of human rights and member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee)

Prof. Richard Norman (a Vice-President of the British Humanist Association)

Alan Albert (Trustee of the University of Greenwich)

Matthew Bennett (Historian)

Marika Sherwood (Historian and Educator)

Chris Buckwell (Immigration judge)

Steve Wilkins (Secretary of Medway Trades Union Council)

John Nee (Barrister, Becket Chambers, Kent)

Andrew Cutting (Council of Europe)

Stuart Millson (Independent Member of East Malling and Larkfield Parish Council)

Roy Smith (Medway Speakers Corner)