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In 2015 the Houses of Parliament, along with the people of the UK, are commemorating two important anniversaries: 750 years since the Simon de Montfort parliament (1265) and 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta (1215).

Festival of Freedoms forms part of Parliament in the Making, which is a year-long cultural and education programme that brings these anniversaries to life. Aligning with ‘The Beginning of that Freedome’ banner exhibition in Parliament’s Westminster Hall (on display until December 2015), each event in the Festival examines how the UK has built a powerful system of civil rights and representative government over eight hundred years. Throughout the series we will cover the milestone moments and movements which ‘made a difference’ in the journey to the rights and representation over the last eight centuries.

Parliament in the Making is managed by the Outreach and Engagement Group within the House of Commons Department of Information Services. It is supported by a Speakers’ Advisory Group comprising Members of both Houses of Parliament.

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