Launched on 14 June 2015 by the University of Lincoln, 1215.today is a virtual House of Culture where people aged 14–24 from all over the world can discover, debate, create and connect through the arts, while exploring their individual rights and what matters to them.


The inspiration for 1215.today comes from Magna Carta, the Great Charter that 25 rebel Barons forced King John to seal 800 years ago on 15 June 1215. The reason 1215.today started in Lincoln is that the Cathedral of Lincoln owns one of only four copies of this historic document. Magna Carta remains famous throughout the world because of its attempt to hold power accountable and to ensure that men and women who are accused of doing wrong are judged by a jury of their peers.

The 1215.today website gives young people the chance to connect internationally, across borders, religion and race, to express what they think about issues like liberty, democracy and human rights. 1215.today has been funded by Arts Council England through an Exceptional Award to the University of Lincoln.

1215.today includes artists’ films, animation, photography and music, written and spoken word pieces from established artists, writers and performers and specially commissioned art works.

Monthly polls about topical issues run by YouGov give young people the chance to voice their opinions and provoke debate.

The project ends in November 2017. To mark this, 1215.today will celebrate another historic document owned by Lincoln Cathedral – one of only two in the world – the Charter of the Forest, issued on 6 November 1217 by Henry III. 1215.today will culminate in a final artist commission: a new Magna Carta for a new generation.


1215.today launch event at Lincoln Castle, 14 June 2015 (photo: Phil Crow)