From the research gathered, I collated a list of 10 placeholder items for our Photo Book App. These were as follows:
1. Throwing down the Gauntlet
2. King John’s Taxes
3. Signing of the Visitors Book
4. The Magna Carta
5. Salisbury Cathedral
6. The Chapter House Frieze
7. The Prisoners of Conscience Window
8. Declaration of Human Rights
9. The Seal
10. Sword Play, Word Play
The placeholder items were chosen through the investigatory visit taken by Maria and Hayley and were collated through exploration of the research imagery. Each placeholder item is unique and corresponds to specific features within the Magna Carta Exhibition. In further production it was apparent for the placeholder items to include individual short informative summaries, in assembling this I emailed the client Seif El Rashidi and asked to be provided with descriptions for each placeholder. These are the following descriptions received and are to be implemented into each placeholder:
- Throwing down the Gauntlet
Medieval English society was full of unwritten rules. If you wanted to challenge somebody to a sword fight, you threw your gauntlet on the ground. If they picked it up, it meant they were accepting the challenge.
- King John’s Taxes
Magna Carta came about because barons in England were fed up of paying lots of money in taxes to King John, who kept on asking for more and more. When John became king in 1199, if you had ten sheep, you would give one to the king, one to the Church, and one to your lord. By 1215, you were expected to give the king THREE of your sheep, and still pay the church and your lord one sheep each!
- Signing of the Visitors Book
How many people do you think come and see the Salisbury Magna Carta every year? 50,000, 150,000 or 250,000? In signing one of our visitor books you are joining people of all ages from every country in the world who have come to see this amazing document which ensured that people were treated equally and according to the law. See below.
Correct answer: 250,000
- The Magna Carta
3500 words long, and written on a piece of parchment made from sheepskin. It would have taken anywhere between 10 and 50 hours to write, and before you started writing, you had to draw the lines on the parchment yourself. It was written with a quill (a feather pen). The feathers came from a swan or a goose – only from the left wing if you were right-handed!
- Salisbury Cathedral
Built to the glory of God, this vibrant Cathedral church with Britain’s tallest spire and best preserved Magna Carta is just 8 miles from Stonehenge.
- The Chapter House Frieze
Some of the most famous stories from the bible are carved around this room. Noah’s ark, Joseph and his fabulous coat, Adam and Eve. Can you find one that you like?
- The Prisoners of Conscience Window
This window was made to remember unknown people around the world who fight for what they believe. They are called prisoners of conscience. Look at the window closely – can you see all the little faces in the glass?
- Declaration of Human Rights
In 1948, a document called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drawn up, to ensure that people around the world could all share some basic rights, such as life, freedom, education, work and travel. Eleanor Roosevelt, whose husband had been the president of the United States of America had a big part in bringing it all together. She hoped it would be a Magna Carta for people everywhere.
- The Seal
In medieval times, most important people had a wax seal which they attached at the bottom of important documents instead of signing them. This is King John’s seal. It shows him sitting on a throne ruling on one side and fighting in battle on the other. (But he wasn’t a very good king and also lost a lot of battles!)
- Sword Play, Word Play
Nicknames can say a lot about you. King John was called ‘softsword’ because he was bad in battle. On the other hand, his half-brother, William, the Earl of Salisbury was called ‘Longsword’. He was a much better fighter than the king and was thought to be very tall!
Evaluation of the placeholder items
Overall, I believe that the placeholder items both influence and correspond to the Magna Carta Exhibition exceedingly well, through their playful meanings and history. In addition, it also links highly to the concept of selfies, allowing for users to be creative in capturing their exhibition experiences.