Celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest in 2017

New Putney Debates is holding a series of events in the autumn to bring out the importance of the Charter of the Forest through the last 800 years, as well as its contemporary relevance. A programme of events will examine its historical significance, the social history of land rights, and contemporary movements to  protect, reclaim and sustain the commons and commoners.


1 September 2017: Stand up for the Charter of the Forest, Comedy night fundraiser.

Performers booked include John Maloney, in the top 100 list of UK comedians, + Pete Deane + the Syncopaths. 7 Dials Club, 42 Earlham Street, Soho, London. £12 in advance and £15 on the door. 

17 September 2017: Boat trip from Windsor to Runnymede & Ankerwycke

Fordham Gallery barge will be moored at Windsor for a morning event to highlight the need for a new Domesday Book, this time to see who owns the land in order to help reclaim the commons.

At noon the boat will travel to Ankerwycke and Runnymede, with workshops on the barge on protecting and sharing the commons.

After lunch the barge will arrive at the ancient Ankerwycke Yew, under which, it is said, the Magna Carta of 1215 (which gave rise to the Charter of the Forest two years later) was agreed between the barons and King John. Here we will hold an event focused on Earth Rights, governing natural common resources and ecology. Free

5 November 2017: Folk moot at or near the Major Oak tree in Sherwood Forest on the issues of fracking and protecting the commons.

7 November 2017: Peter Linebaugh (tbc), author of the Magna Carta Manifesto,  and invited guests will celebrate the anniversary in the House of Commons .

November —Events at Lincoln Cathedral and Durham University where the surviving two copies of the Charter are held.

Throughout  the autumn—conference and workshops at various locations to work on a new Charter of the Commons for London.

A 16-metre timeline of the social history of land rights  from 55 BCE to the present will be on display at the events.

If you would like more information on the work that we do or to contribute please contact us at info@thenewputneydebates.com

Our history…
After the Occupy London protests ended at St Paul’s Cathedral  in 2012  the New Putney Debates collective  continued to push for real democracy with The New Putney Debates. This examined the democratic pathways to social, economic and ecological justice.
The biannual The New Putney Debates took place in accessible London locations during 2014 and 2012 . Please visit the programme pages on this website for more information on past events.
On the weekend of June 15th 2015 New Putney Debates organised an Alternative Runnymede festival with the Runnymede ecovillagers  more information can be found here


In November 2016  we hosted a a guided walk through central London,  marking points on the journey to establish the Charter of the Forest as statute, and how this links to wider peasant struggles for access to the commons. We also exhibited our timeline of the history of democracy and land rights in Britain and celebration of social struggles for Land Rights in song and music.

To find out more about the original Putney Debates (1647) listen to this excellent radio programme.

Highlights from previous events:


in video number 2 of Basic Income, Democratising money and Social Security; Duncan McCann looks at mechanisms which control the creation of money…

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14 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. A real turn up for the books! All participants in this debate should see if they can get access to Christopher Hill’s ‘Puritanism and Revolution’ (republished by Penguin 1984) for probably the best historical examination of the background of the original Debates, and in order to make a proper comparison with what is happening in out own era!

  2. Great initiative. The Diggers and Levellers inherited a long tradition of dissent that went back deep into the middle ages and intensified almost a hundred years before 1649 when some of the first really anti capitalist and anti money lending tracts and poems were written.

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