Lincoln Castle, 7 July 2015
A talk in The Victorian Prison, Lincoln Castle marking the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta on Monday 15 June 2015 and the launch of Gnawed by Rats- a programme of art for Lincoln exploring the history and contemporary relevance of Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest by Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman. Peter Linebaugh is a renowned historian whose books include: The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All; Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance, 2014; The London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in the Eighteenth Century, 1991 and as co-editor Albion’s Fatal Tree: Crime and Society in Eighteenth-Century England, 1975. Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman’s interests lie in social and political history. In this project for Lincoln, they will explore Magna Carta’s role in relation to the powers of government and Charter of the Forest’s championship of the subsistence rights of the poor. They are particularly interested in the wider context of ‘the Commons’ i.e. all things from water to rain forests and health provision that are held in common as essential to life for all, but are today increasingly under threat.Tyman and Rushton’s residency in Lincoln is a partnership between the University of Lincoln and City of Lincoln Council.