Celebrate 800 years of the Magna Carta at Seaford Museum

Seaford Museum
Seaford Museum

Seaford Museum will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta by inviting visitors to a talk about the Houses of Parliament and have a cup of tea on Sunday June 14.

Local historian and accredited Houses of Parliament guide Kevin Gordon will give the talk which is free to attend.

The museum which is based in the Martello Tower on the seafront, will be joining hundreds of other local events running throughout the UK to celebrate the issuing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede on June 15, 1215, by inviting people to enjoy a cup of tea at 3pm at the museum.

Seaford Museum vice chairman David Swaysland said: “Our event is linked to “LiberTeas”, which has been developed by a Houses of Parliament team and the National Trust to help draw attention to the basic political freedoms we enjoy today, which were of course founded in Magna Carta, which every schoolboy knows was sealed not signed.

“Throughout the country people will be having a cup of tea at 3pm to mark this important historical event, but, in Seaford we will be going one step further as we are inviting people to attend a special talk about the history of the Palace of Westminster, to be given by our own museum chronicler and local historian Kevin Gordon, who is also an accredited guide for the Houses of Parliament.”

The talk will start at 2pm. Although the talk is free to attend normal museum admission charges will apply.

David added: “We know Kevin is a very popular local speaker: there are no tickets, and admission will be on a first come basis, so we advise people wanting to hear Kevin’s talk to arrive in good time.

“Afterwards there will be the chance to have a cup of tea, a very British way to celebrate democracy and liberty, at about 3pm.

“It will also be a good opportunity for people to visit the museum and see what we have on display.”

Sussex Day (June 16) which celebrates all that is good about the county of Sussex will be marked by the museum too, with a special ceremony on the Sunday before (June 14).

David said: “The museum will be flying the Sussex Flag for the day, and we understand the mayor of Seaford hopes to be present at 12 noon when the traditional civic raising of the Sussex Flag takes place on the flagpole just outside the Martello Tower.”

Sussex Day is a recent invention dating from 2007. It is held on the same day as St Richard’s Day, who is the patron saint of Sussex.

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