First broadcast:Saturday 12 January 2013
Farnham Museum and the William Cobbett Society are working with Royal Holloway College, University of London as part of the ‘Citizens Project’ – which charts the history of liberty, protest and reform from the Magna Carta onwards – to produce new video material featuring Cobbett’s role in these themes. The material will form part of the future permanent exhibition at Farnham Museum.
Working with partners and supporting organisations including the AQA exam board, The National Archives, the People’s History Museum, the UK Parliament, the History of Parliament Trust and the Historical Association, the project aims to help school and college students and adult learners gain a better understanding of the development of the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain over the last 800 years.
By charting the journey from feudalism and serfdom to democracy and equality, the project will reveal how, in different periods, the state has responded to challenges to its authority and how change was brought about.
In so doing, the project will help students to construct an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the citizen both in the past and present.