An artwork by Hew Locke for Runnymede, Surrey, UK to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. Commissioned by Surrey County Council and National Trust.

Where is the artwork? The Jurors is in the meadows near the National Trust tea room and car park at Runnymede. It is not difficult to find and there are site maps at Runnymede to guide you. Read the visitor information here.

Is the artwork accessible to visitors with disabilities? There is relatively level access across the mown meadows. The work is highly tactile and includes braille. We encourage all visitors to touch the work. There is a large print version  of the leaflet available at the National Trust tea room or you can download the leaflet here.

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Sandra Gayer, who is blind, explores the chair dedicated to the 1920 march for the blind in support of the Blind Persons Act.

Can I sit on the chairs? Yes, please do. Hew Locke has designed this artwork as a meeting place – not just something to look at.

Why is this artwork here? The Jurors was commissioned by Surrey County Council and National Trust to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. Runnymede meadows is the site where Magna Carta was sealed, at a meeting between King John and 25 barons on 15th June 1215.

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How was Hew Locke selected? National Trust and Surrey County Council looked at a range of artists and proposals for artworks. Hew Locke was selected for his track record of making extraordinary work and his proposal for an artwork that explores the international connections of this place and Magna Carta. Read more about Hew Locke

Who was involved in making this artwork? As with any bronze artwork, the process of making the work involves many people and different processes. As well as Hew’s work in his studio, he worked with modellers to create many of the panels and then with a foundry to cast and assemble the artwork. The foundry he used is Meltdowns in Ramsgate. The work was produced by the arts organisation, Situations. Watch a video about the making of this artwork.

Can I bring my school group to visit? Yes please do. The artwork is free to look at and National Trust welcome all school visits. There’s more information about bringing a school group and you can also contact National Trust to book a wildlife tour with one of their rangers.

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Is the artwork secure? Yes, very secure. Although it looks like the chairs have been placed straight on the grass, there is a very substantial underground structure holding all the chairs in place.

How long will it be here? The Jurors has been designed as a permanent artwork. It may move to another location within the Runnymede meadows but is expected to be here for many years to come.

Who owns the artwork? Surrey County Council own the artwork and it is on loan to National Trust.

Can I take photographs? Yes, please do. We would also like to encourage you to share your images and experiences on social media using the hashtag #thejurors.

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Where else can I see Hew Locke’s work? The artist’s works can be viewed in collections at Tate  and his work is frequently shown in exhibitions in the UK and elsewhere. See Hew Locke’s website for latest details of where his work is on display.

 


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© Surrey County Council & Hew Locke 2015