Heritage Lottery Fund support for Runnymede Explored

Project
A family walking the dog by the Magna Carta Memorial at Runnymede

Our Runnymede Explored project has received funding of £1.6 million from the National Lottery. This will allow us to move forward with plans to unify two sites of international significance, Runnymede and adjacent Ankerwycke, with improved pathways and interpretation, and a new ferry crossing across the River Thames.

Inscription on the ceiling of the American Bar Association memorial at Runnymede, which is considered to be the birthplace of modern democracy.
The inscription on the ceiling of the American Bar Association memorial at Runnymede
Inscription on the ceiling of the American Bar Association memorial at Runnymede, which is considered to be the birthplace of modern democracy.

Our plans at Runnymede

Through the Runnymede Explored project, we aim to provide a beautiful and distinctive public open space at Runnymede and nearby Ankerwycke. We’ll be looking at presenting and interpreting the landscape in a holistic way, as it’s a landscape of international significance as the historic site of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

New trail and tow path

A new trail and upgraded tow path along the River Thames is planned, which would encourage access to the public artwork and monuments at Runnymede, and to new points of interpretation around the themes of liberty, people and commemoration.

Community opportunities

We’re also hoping we’ll be able to establish new volunteering opportunities through the project for schools and local people, working collaboratively to make sure that everyone can enjoy this special place. 

Uniting Runnymede and Ankerwycke

Ankerwycke and Runnymede were historically one estate, with the River Thames forming the central highway, but which now forms a barrier to crossing. On one side is the historic site of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede; on the other, the Ankerwycke priory ruins: a scheduled ancient monument and home to the Ankerwycke yew. We want to create a ferry crossing, across the Thames, uniting these two special places. 

Daniel Duthie, our General Manager for Runnymede says:

‘Runnymede is a place that can speak to a global audience about liberty, the rule of law, human rights and individual freedom. We want our visitors to be more engaged with this special place, and to know why Runnymede and Ankerwycke matter - as a rich local resource for recreation and pleasure, for learning, for volunteering, and for engaging others in its history and future.’

Latest posts

20 Jul 18

£1.6 million National Lottery grant received

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, plans to help visitors discover more about this special place and enjoy it for recreation, learning and volunteering can go ahead. Funding of £1.6 million from the National Lottery will help to unify two sites of international significance, Runnymede and adjacent Ankerwycke, with improved pathways and interpretation, and a new ferry crossing across the River Thames. Read the full press release here: https://bit.ly/2Ntwiki and donate to the project here: https://bit.ly/2L4ZKA1.

03 Feb 17

Volunteer Development Manager recruitment

Applications open to further expand the HLF bid team with the post of Volunteer Development Manager, who will lead the development of volunteering for the Runnymede Explored Project. Find out more and apply at http://bit.ly/2kcDsMa

28 Sep 16

Audience Development Manager recruitment

Applications are open for the post of Audience Development Manager, who will help us drive forward our plans for Runnymede by researching our key audiences and writing our Heritage Lottery Fund Stage 2 bid. Find out more and apply at http://bit.ly/2dw7Uxi