Pontefract artist’s Magna Carta design is a winner

Emma Horsfield with her Designs Inspired by Heraldry winning piece.
Emma Horsfield with her Designs Inspired by Heraldry winning piece.

A heraldry design inspired by Magna Carta will be exhibited at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Pontefract artist and writer Emma Horsfield created the work in the run up to the Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations next year.

Magna Carta was the first document imposed on a King of England by a group of his barons in an attempt to limit his powers and protect their laws.

Mrs Horsfield’s design features the 25 shields of the barons who summoned the king to sign the document in 1215.

The shield of Baron John de Lacy, then Lord of Pontefract Castle, sits at the centre of the work.

Mrs Horsfield, 39, produced the piece for the ‘Inspired by Heraldry competition’ run at the Royal Armouries and as a winning design, it will feature in a heraldry exhibition at the museum until November.

The mum-of-six, who is a member of Pontefract’s Magna Carta group, said: “History has always been an interest of mine but I hadn’t explored much about heraldry before I joined the Magna Carta group and before I started this piece.

“The competition gave me the chance to fully research the subject and try a new style of art.

“I’m really pleased to have won the competition and that the piece will be hanging in a heraldry exhibition at a National museum where a lot of people, particularly local people will be able to view it.

“I also hope it will encourage members of the public to take an interest in and learn more about Magna Carta and what it means, particularly locally, as Pontefract is the only town in Yorkshire with links to it.”

Pontefract Magna Carta group will be running a number of events to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the charter next June including events at Pontefract Castle and in the town centre.