Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

Search

Bury St Edmunds: Time Team TV archaeologist looks to past for social future

16:33 13 March 2014

Dr Helen Geake with Green Party candidate Rupert Read in the Abbey Gardens, in Bury St Edmunds.

Dr Helen Geake with Green Party candidate Rupert Read in the Abbey Gardens, in Bury St Edmunds.

Archant

A Time Team archaeologist came to Bury St Edmunds earlier this week in a bid to convince the town that its illustrious past could hold the key to a brighter future.

shares

Dr Helen Geake visited the town to join up with the Green Party’s European election candidate Rupert Read and discuss the area’s importance to the Magna Carta.

The town is in the midst of organising celebrations marking 800 years since the Magna Carta was sealed.

A group of barons met at St Edmund’s Abbey Church in November 1214 – believed to be on St Edmund’s Day – where they agreed to make King John sign the Charter of Liberties.

This was a direct precursor to the Magna Carta, which was signed a year later and remains one of the most important democratic documents ever to be drafted.

Dr Geake, a Green Party member, met Mr Read at the town’s Abbey Gate, close to where the meeting took place, and the two used their surroundings as an inspiration to discuss the democratic reforms they would like to see in the modern day.

Dr Geake said: “The people who met that day in Bury St Edmunds were determined to make the king obey English law and to make justice available to all. Juries were to decide guilt or innocence, so for the first time in medieval England ordinary people – not just the nobles – got involved.

“Improvements in rights and democracies are often slow. It took over 700 years after Magna Carta for women to get the right to vote or sit on juries. Remembering and celebrating these anniversaries will inspire us today to get keep working to keep working to make all voices heard equally.”

Mr Read, a writer and lecturer on philosophy, said one change that should be brought from European to national elections was a more representational voting system.

He added: “It is long overdue that proportional representation is extended to the English local councils and the UK Parliament.”

shares

0 comments

Poilce investigation work at the scene of the accident on the A12 at Martlesham Heath.

A 20-month-old little girl has died after a crash on the A12 in Martlesham yesterday, police have said.

The junior doctors strike at West Suffolk Hospital in bury.

A Suffolk hospital boss has denied supporting the imposing of a contract on junior doctors after his name appeared on the “key” letter that led to the decision.

Stock image of the area.

A teenage motorcyclist is in a critical condition in hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Ipswich last night.

The 30-acre Walton Green North field has been earmarked for housing by Suffolk Coastal.

Proposals have been put forward to build 385 new homes on the edge of Felixstowe – opposite another field where permission has been granted for 190.

Former footballer Marcus Bent. Pic: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Former Ipswich Town footballer Marcus Bent has escaped being sent to jail as he was sentenced for confronting two officers with a meat cleaver and a kitchen knife while in a “delusional” state under the influence of cocaine.

Collateral Drawing exhibition at UCS

Launch of `I Spy Drawing’ Family Art Club

Damaged Bus stop in Woodbridge Rd Ipswich

A 21-year-old man has been charged with drink-driving after a car crashed into a bus shelter on the outskirts of Ipswich town centre today.

UCS Clearing possible cover

Just a few months into their course they helped people with life-threatening conditions, unwell patients and, on one occasion, even helped to deliver a baby.

Land off Railway Approach in Felixstowe where a new 30,000sq ft superstore was to be built.

Proposals for new homes have sounded the death knell for hopes of a supermarket and transport interchange in the town centre.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24