Introduction – Historical Context

We’ve been assigned a live brief in collaboration with the University’s in-house design agency, RedBalloon, and Salisbury Cathedral, with the goal of developing a mobile application for use during the exhibition of the Magna Carta, starting on the 15th June.

Before investigating specific areas of the brief and planning the development of the project, We carried out some basic research in order to familiarise ourselves with the context of the project, as well as the area of expertise with which the client is concerned. Doing so allows us to produce an expansive and relevant idea of the project requirements. Knowing the ins and outs of the project and its environment allows for a comprehensive solution to be developed, encompassing all current and emerging information about the topic.

An example showing the importance of historical and contextual research prior to embarking on a project can be seen in this example through the discovery of a new copy of the Magna Carta on the 8th February 2015 (BBC News, 2015), just months ahead of the exhibition for which this project is being created. This builds considerably on the knowledge surrounding original copies existing in the UK, with Salisbury Cathedral housing what is considered the copy of best condition. The Magna Carta is a fundamental part of the British constitution, serving as a crucial source of inspiration for many current political documents, including the US constitution, and the Human Rights Act [cite]. The document most famously represents the notion that nobody, regardless of political or social status, was above the law, and while it has been subject to modification over time, including the repeal of some clauses by newer laws, it continues to remain a founding element of British politics.

BBC News, 2015. Magna Carta edition found in Sandwich archive scrapbook. BBC News, 9 February 2015, Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-31242433

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