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Welcome to Kingdom 1000—celebrating the 1,000-year-old ancestor to all modern equal rights and human rights across the world.

In 1020, King Knut of England issued a Proclamation that everyone in his kingdom was equal in the eyes of the law, regardless of class or ethnicity. His reign went on to be the longest period of peace for Britain in over 600 years.

Later kings and noblemen used Knut’s law as the basis for their own. 1000 years on, some of Knut’s words can still be found in Magna Carta, the US Constitution, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The journey is far from over. Inequality still exists in many parts of the UK, let alone the world.

But we’ve come a long way since Knut’s original vision. This millennial is an opportunity to celebrate humanity’s persistence to gain a better, stronger, more united future.

Every Tuesday at 6pm between 28th July and 13th October, Kingdom 1000 explores the history that gave rise to the UK’s first “equality law”. In this web series, you can join storyteller and historian Chip Colquhoun in conversation with artists and creators including BBC Food’s Manju Malhi and BBC Sound of Musicals presenter Neil Brand, to discuss how they reflect the themes of equality, diversity, and compassion in their creativity.

Then click “Get involved” or “Login” to send us your creative responses—to celebrate the journey of equality, and be in with a chance of being selected for a mammoth celebratory festival in 2021!

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Rebecka Eriksson is a time travelling seamstress, artist and silent storyteller of Swedish origin living in Cambridge.
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Manju Malhi, a TV chef and a cookbook author, was born in England to Indian parents. She grew up in West London surrounded by Indian culture, traditions and lifestyles. However, she spent several years of her childhood in India where she explored and experienced the vast and varied cuisines of the c
For ages 4-11: Anansi's Children
An African folk tale showing that Every Child Matters, and We're Better Together!
The celebration equality doesn't have to be stuck 1,000 years ago. It doesn't even have to be stuck in the UK. In fact, it can go way back to before humans existed, in the wild lands of ancient Africa... Inspired by the Kingdom1000 themes of equality and community, we've brought SEVEN Epic Storytellers together for a single incredible story! Pauline Cordiner, Amber Lickerish, Usifu Jalloh the Cowfoot Prince, Giorgiana Popan, Andy Copps AND our regular tellers Janina and Chip ALL come together to share a tale starring Africa's master of stories: Anansi the Spider!
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For ages 4-11: The Golden Apple
Young ears will love this medieval folk tale, told by the presenter of Kingdom 1000.
King Edmund returns from battle with the most precious of treasures: a gold apple that promises good luck - but only if you give it away to the person you love the most! So who should he give it to...? Let your young learners enjoy this mesmerising tale while learning important areas of the curriculum at the same time - and they won't even realise it. And afterwards, Epic Storyteller Chip will set an Epic Challenge - a fun task that will also hit children’s literacy learning for the week! To hear the end of the story, follow the link to our website. Teachers and educators: Visit Epic Tales to hear teachers discussing the many other learning outcomes in this and other Kingdom 1000 stories, including numeracy and science.
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For ages 4-11: The Eel Catcher's Daughter
A special story starring Knut told for ages 4-11, with supporting learning resources.
Storyteller Amber Lickerish shares a folk legend about King Knut, the man who made the first equal justice law in the UK. But could a Viking really befriend the Anglo-Saxons he'd defeated in war? For the full story visit our website, where you'll also find a podcast in which teachers discuss the numerous learning outcomes in this story – including PSHCE, literacy, and even numeracy!
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