BU – Media Partners for Magna Carta 800 Exhibition

Bournemouth University has successfully delivered four pieces of media for the major new exhibition on Magna Carta, in Salisbury Cathedral, funded by Heritage Lottery. The Cathedral houses one of only 4 original 12th Century Magna Carta.

Internationally recognized as a symbol of mans’ fight for justice, freedom and rights Magna Carta is the basis of many of our laws and freedoms. This year marks the 800 year anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymead.

RedBalloon, the professional production arm of The Faculty of Media and Communication, were commissioned to produce two films, an animation and an interactive installation for the exhibition, which is expected to attract over 250,000 visitors a year.

Academics, professional staff, students and graduates of BU worked in production teams to create unique pieces of media that help visitors understand how Magna Carta came to be, and why the legacy of some of the key clauses have had impact throughout history, and 800 years later still resonate with us today. Stephanie Farmer is the Exec Producer for RedBalloon and in this role oversees delivery and creative content of every production.

The Immersive film uses archive footage to explore how people across the world still struggle to fight for their rights. Research design by Dr. Richard Scullion, Archive film research – student Carlos Lopez-Fesser, editing and graphic design by MA graduate Vitor Vilela, Directed by Stephanie Farmer

The King John animation describes the feudal system in England in 12th century and how Magna Carta was created to curb the powers of the unpopular king. It was created by Rock Paper Film the animation/VFX studio based in the Faculty of Media and Communication working with student interns, Directed by Anthony Minto.

The Interactive globe allows viewers to explore data on how countries fare when compared in categories such as prisoners awaiting trial, and corruption. Created by BU Digital Media Design graduate Darryl Gregory, Producer Stephanie Farmer

The final film – My Charter – was created with the help of 6th form students at Sarum Academy who explored what a charter for young people might contain. Directed by Trevor Hearing and with a production team consisting of current MA students and edited by MA graduate Vitor Vilela.

The media for the Spirit of Justice exhibition is just the start. Stephanie Farmer explains, “ It’s been such a privilege to work on this project and with such talented colleagues and students. And we haven’t finished yet! We are just embarking on a second phase of work– funded by The Magna Carta Trust. We will be creating a Magna Carta App and are also making two more films for the cathedral website.”


The exhibition Spirit of Justice, Power of Words is now open at Salisbury Cathedral.