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David Ross Education Trust: A world-class education

The David Ross Education Trust is a network of unique and diverse academies, working with with 34 primary and secondary academies across the East Midlands, Yorkshire, the East of England and London. As a leading multi-academy trust, we are committed to giving every student attending one of our schools a world-class education.

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David Ross Summer Cup 2017

Video - The David Ross Education Trust's Summer Cup 2017
Watch the video22 September 2017

The David Ross Education Trust's Summer Cup 2017

The David Ross Education Trust's Summer Cup 2017 was a festival of competitive sport attended by over 1,500 students and a host of elite athletes. This year's special guests included Sir Steve Redgrave, Colin Jackson CBE, RCrista Cullen MBE, Goldie Sayers, and Joe Roebuck to name a few.

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NPG Director Nicholas Cullinan with newly appointed Chair David Ross

David Ross
The David Ross Foundation 20 August 2017

NPG Director Nicholas Cullinan with newly appointed Chair David Ross

DRF is delighted to announce that David Ross has become the new Chair of the Board of Trustees at the National Portrait Gallery. Dr Nicholas Cullinan said : “ David’s passion and commitment to the arts and keen interest in education and inspiring the young will prove invaluable as we embark on our ambitious plans to reach out to new audiences across the UK.” DRF supports a number of organisations and projects across a range of artistic fields and is an ardent supporter of providing greater access to the arts for all.

David Ross National Portrait Gallery

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The David Ross Foundation has sponsored a studio at LAMDA

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The David Ross Foundation 20 August 2017

The David Ross Foundation has sponsored a studio at the LAMDA building in London

The David Ross Foundation has sponsored a studio at the LAMDA building in London – a new centre for world-leading drama training. LAMDA deals in excellence, talent , passion and imagination and their schools programme is delighted to be working with The David Ross Education Trust helping students to explore the arts.

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David Ross Sports Village official opening

Video - David Ross Sports Village official opening
Watch the video23 May 2017

David Ross Sports Village official opening

On Tuesday 16 May 2017 the David Ross Sports Village (DRSV) was officially opened, with students, Olympians, alumni and guests joining the celebrations.

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171 Miles for the David Ross Foundation

David Ross
The David Ross Foundation 25 June 2017

171 Miles for the David Ross Foundation

I am cycling 171 miles for The David Ross Foundation.

171 Miles for the David Ross Foundation


Photo's from the day! 171 inspirational miles with a great team Let's get supporting the David Ross Foundation.

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The David Ross Foundation We want to inspire children to broaden their horizons

The David Ross Foundation We want to inspire children to broaden their horizons
The David Ross Foundation 18 June 2017

The David Ross Foundation We want to inspire children to broaden their horizons.

I am cycling 171 miles for The David Ross Foundation.


I am cycling 171 miles for The David Ross Foundation.

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Olympic seal of approval for new David Ross Sports Village

Olympic seal of approval for new David Ross Sports Village
Olympic seal of approval for new David Ross Sports Village 18 May 2017

Official opening of the David Ross Sports Village.

Alumni sports stars of the University of Nottingham have celebrated the official opening of the David Ross Sports Village.


Olympic table tennis champion Dr Deng Yaping and gold medal-winning canoeists, Dr Tim Brabants MBE and Etienne Stott MBE, were among the line-up of sporting legends who joined fellow alumni David Ross and UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl for the celebrations. The £40 million sports village is a state-of-the-art facility on University Park campus. It includes an indoor fencing salle, dance and spin studios, an all-glass squash court, an outdoor full-sized 3G rubber crumb pitch, tennis courts and gym. Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham Professor Sir David Greenaway said the centre was the fitting environment to engage students and staff, whatever their interests, and inspire the sports stars of the future. He said: “From David Ross’ generous donation, to the support of our Olympians, the scope and scale of alumni talent is clear. To be successful at anything takes drive, grit, determination and practice. Our alumni have been showcasing these attributes for many years and I have followed their achievements with pride, knowing Nottingham may have laid the foundations for some of their successes. Today we celebrate a physical foundation, a complex of sporting facilities to be proud of and one which will inspire the next generation of athletes.”.

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Welcome to the Nevill Holt Opera

Welcome to the Nevill Holt Opera
Welcome to the Nevill Holt Opera13 April 2017

Welcome to the Nevill Holt Opera

Nevill Holt

Nevill Holt Opera operates a creative education programme, devised in partnership with music, design and theatre teachers. We are grateful to the support of the David Ross Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, and all of our sponsors and supporters for making this work possible.

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Just Giving David Ross

The David Ross Foundation
We want to inspire children to broaden their horizons12 April 2017

We want to inspire children to broaden their horizons.

Join the The David Ross Foundation community https://www.justgiving.com/davidross-foundation

The David Ross Education Trust wants to help every child be the best that they can be. Through the enrichment programme children have new opportunities to enjoy art, sport, outward bound courses and a variety of cultural experiences. Please help children to discover their own passions and talents.

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Work begins on unique opera house for Harborough

Work has just started on a new 400-seat opera house in the Harborough district, which is likely to become a jewel in the crown of the midlands arts scene.
The opera house, within a Grade II* listed stable block at Nevill Holt Hall.16 February 2017

The opera house, within a Grade II* listed stable block at Nevill Holt Hall, about six miles north-east of Market Harborough, will be the first to be built in England for more than a decade.

Harborough Mail

The driving force behind the remarkable development is wealthy hall owner David Ross (51), the Carphone Warehouse founder, one of the UK’s most successful businessmen and a major supporter of opera.


Mr Ross’s goal is to replace the current temporary theatre at the hall with the perfect venue for young opera stars, performing to a regional audience. Local school children will also feature in many productions. The aim is to have the ambitious, multi-million pound adaptation finished in time for Nevill Holt’s 2018 opera season.

Nevill Holt Opera’s (NHO’s) artistic director Nicholas Chalmers told the Mail this week: “Work has already begun on site – they’re excavating the foundation at the moment. It’s a huge project and we’re delighted that the David Ross Foundation has invested in this. It’s so exciting.” General manager Rosenna East said: “We are sincerely grateful to all those who have helped us reach this landmark moment for NHO.

We cannot wait to welcome you all to the new theatre.” This year’s Opera Festival at Nevill Holt Hall will be the last one in the temporary theatre established in the stables courtyard in 2005. This year’s short season has two operas – Puccini’s famously melodramatic opera Tosca from June 15 to 22 and – just announced – a full-scale outdoor production of Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood) by Benjamin Britten on July 1 and 2. Mr Ross has said: “It’s brilliant to support the arts and give the best of young British talent an opportunity.”

 

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Opera theatre plan at Carphone Warehouse founder's estate
Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross is bidding to build the first new permanent opera house in England in just over a decade.24 August 2016

Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross is bidding to build the first new permanent opera house in England in just over a decade.

BBC NEWS

Mr Ross wants to transform the listed stables at his stately home in Leicestershire into a 400-seat opera theatre. If approved, construction will start at the Nevill Holt Opera in late 2016. Mr Ross's goal is to replace the current temporary seating with "a perfect venue" for young opera stars. The current structure at Nevill Holt Hall, near Market Harborough, can seat up to 350 but is "inadequate and beyond effective economic repair", Nevill Holt Opera general manager Rosenna East said. Operas have been staged at Mr Ross's home since 2013, but a temporary structure has been used by touring companies for a decade.

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David Ross Rduction Trust Summer Cup 2016

David Ross Education Trust
The David Ross Education DRET Summer Cup 20165 August 2016

The David Ross Education DRET Summer Cup 2016

DRET Summer Cup 2016

The DRET Summer Cup 2016 was a festival of competitive sport attended by over 1,500 students and a host of elite athletes. This year's special guests included Roger Black MBE, Colin Jackson CBE, Rebecca Adlington OBE and Beth Tweddle MBE to name but a few.

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Rebecca Adlington to attend the Summer Cup 2016

David Ross Education Trust
The David Ross Education DRET Summer Cup 20165 June 2016

The David Ross Education DRET Summer Cup 2016

Rebecca Adlington to attend the Summer Cup

It has been announced that Rebecca Adlington, two-time Olympic Gold medallist and British sporting icon, will also attend DRET’s 2016 Summer Cup. The Trust-wide event, which takes place in just over three weeks time, will be attended by a host of sporting superstars and Rebecca is the latest name to be included in the line-up. In previous years, Lord Coe, Dame Kelly Holmes and Denise Lewis have been picked to cheer on DRET students. Rebecca won two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and she has had a career full of success. The iconic star will be overseeing the various events and talking to students from across the Trust at this year’s Summer Cup. Shane Ward, Sports Enrichment Manager, said: “Having Rebecca join our legion of sporting greats who have attended the event is fantastic news for everyone. “Rebecca is an inspiration to young people, and we can’t wait for her to see the amazing talent that we have at DRET.”

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The David Ross Education Summer Cup 2016

David Ross Education Trust
The David Ross Education Summer Cup 201627 April 2016

The David Ross Education DRET Summer Cup 2016

COUNTDOWN TO THE BIGGEST EVENT IN THE DAVID ROSS EDUCATION TRUST SPORTING CALENDAR THE 2016 SUMMER CUP BEGINS

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The David Ross Education DRET Music Cup 2016

David Ross Education Trust
The David Ross Education DRET Music Cup 20165 April 2016

The David Ross Education DRET Music Cup 2016

The David Ross Education DRET Music Cup 2016

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Havelock Academy hosted the big event yesterday, which saw Loughborough Lightning and England netballers Jo Tripp and Natalie Panagarry and former Manchester United footballer Danny Webber helping out with special master classes for the pupils.

Grimsby Telegraph
Grimsby Telegraph17 March 2016

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EXCITED schoolchildren were left thrilled by some super skills at the annual David Ross Education Trust (DRET) Primary Cup North. There were seven primary schools from across the northern DRET cluster at Havelock for the fun-packed day. Havelock Academy hosted the big event yesterday, which saw Loughborough Lightning and England netballers Jo Tripp and Natalie Panagarry and former Manchester United footballer Danny Webber helping out with special master classes for the pupils. Football freestyler Dan Magness was also there to showcase some of his ball skills to the impressed youngsters, and teach them a few new tricks!

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Trawling area for the most deserving causes to share in John Ross Community Trust Fund - apply now

Grimsby Telegraph
Grimsby Telegraph01 January 2016

Trawling area for the most deserving causes to share in John Ross Community Trust Fund - apply now

THE search is on to find the most deserving community-based groups in North East Lincolnshire.

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David Ross shows how to put sport at the heart of schools

Telegraph
Telegraph09 December 2015

David Ross shows how to put sport at the heart of schools

A trust set up by the Carphone Warehouse founder has found a way to increase participation

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Art and Opera at Nevill Holt: An Interview with David Ross

Sothebys
Sothebys15 December 2015

Art and Opera at Nevill Holt: An Interview with David Ross

LONDON - Opera and art have long been happy bedfellows. Nevill Holt – the Grade I listed country house in Leicestershire that belongs to collector and philanthropist David Ross – hosts an annual summer festival where both are absolutely part of a total experience. For Ross, who had been putting on opera there for more than a decade before founding the Nevill Holt Opera Company three years ago, opera might be the headline act, but the public sculpture dotted around the gardens, by artists including Antony Gormley, Marc Quinn and Peter Randall-Page among others, is also key: “It’s integral, it’s central, it’s part of that broader experience about a trip to Nevill Holt,” he says. “And the way I think about it now is that people look at the package and go: ‘It happens to be an opera festival but if I’m interested in gardens or great English food, this is something I want to be involved with.’ And certainly over the last two or three years in terms of box office – and things shouldn’t only be measured by box office – people are really buying into the concept of that broader experience.”

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The David Ross Education Trust Winter Cup 2015

David Ross Education Trust
David Ross Education Trust5 November 2015

The David Ross Education Trust Winter Cup 2015

The David Ross Education Trust Winter Cup is the Trust’s festival of competitive netball and football.The annual event brings together talented students from across DRET’s secondary academies.

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A virtual flythrough of the David Ross Uni of Nottingham Sports Village

David Ross Education Trust
David Ross Education Trust18 September 2015

Take a virtual tour of the David Ross Sports Village due for completion in late 2016..

Take a virtual tour of the David Ross Sports Village due for completion in late 2016.

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Special guests Denise Lewis​, Gabby Logan​ & ex Wasps Scotland Rugby Kenny Logan​ Join David Ross at DRET Summer Cup 2015.

David Ross Education Trust
David Ross Education Trust22 July 2015

Special guests Denise Lewis​, Gabby Logan​ & ex Wasps Scotland Rugby Kenny Logan​ Join David Ross at DRET Summer Cup 2015.

Special guests Denise Lewis​, Gabby Logan​ & ex Wasps Scotland Rugby Kenny Logan​ Join David Ross at DRET Summer Cup 2015.

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The David Ross Education Trust Summer Cup 2014 A dozen elite athletes, including Dame Kelly Holmes.

David Ross Education Trust
David Ross Education Trust8 June 2015

The David Ross Education Trust Summer Cup 2014 A dozen elite athletes, including Dame Kelly Holmes.

The David Ross Education Trust Summer Cup 2014 was a fantastic day. A dozen elite athletes, including Dame Kelly Holmes, 1500 pupils and students, a full stadium - no wonder Sky Sports News described it as the “best school sports day in the country”.

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Lewis Hamilton opens Lodge Park Academy alongside David Ross

David Ross Education Trust
David Ross Education Trust8 June 2015

Lincoln Castle Revealed: Sunshine and 2,500 crowd greet Princess Anne as £22m makeover is unveiled

Lincolnshire Echo
Lincolnshire Echo8 June 2015

Lincoln Castle Revealed: Sunshine and 2,500 crowd greet Princess Anne as £22m makeover is unveiled

Visitors can now traverse the whole perimeter of Lincoln Castle for the first time in its 947-year history because of the huge improvements made to the walls. And Princess Anne was also shown the Victorian prison, plus the showpiece David PJ Ross Magna Carta Vault, where she met the benefactor which gave it its name.

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David Ross invests over £11 million in the Midlands

ITV NEWS Central
ITV NEWS29 June 2015

David Ross invests over £11 million in the Midlands

ITV Central News spoke to David Ross, one of the co-owners of the Carphone Warehouse and one of the Midlands most successful businessmen.

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David Ross ITV News Nevill Holt

ITV NEWS Central
ITV NEWS2nd July 2015

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David Ross Nevill Holt Opera interview 2nd July 2015 courtesy ITV News Central

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David Ross becomes Grimsby's first billionaire

Grimsby Telegraph
Local PressApril 24, 2015

David Ross

David Ross has become Grimsby's first billionaire, according to the latest rich list. The former Carphone Warehouse boss is the fifth richest person in the East Midlands and the 108th richest in the country according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

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David Ross's quest to help Nottingham children achieve their potential

Nottingham Post
Local PressSeptember 24, 2013

HELPING HAND: Helping children in disadvantaged areas of the city get to university.

Ross has set up the David Ross Foundation and David Ross Educational Trust. Through these charities, he has put significant money into Nottingham Potential, an initiative of David Greenaway, the vice chancellor of the University of Nottingham who wants to help children in disadvantaged areas of the city get to university.

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Talented nine-year-old Northamptonshire pupil receives scholarship for motocross

Northants Herald Post
Local PressMay 20, 2015 By lawrence.john

Talented nine-year-old Northamptonshire pupil receives scholarship for motocross

Tyler Ethridge, age 9, was awarded the Odey Scholarship as part of a programme run by the David Ross Education Trust (DRET).

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John Ross MBE Community Trust Fund: Making more than £50k's worth of major difference to worthy causes

Grimsby Telegraph
Local PressSeptrmber 3, 2014
Gill Ross

HELPING HAND: Gill Ross, representing the John Ross MBE Community Trust Fund, presents a £500 cheque to Andy Smith, director of the Get Hooked On Positive Activities community project.

David said: "Since the John Ross MBE Community Fund was established, nearly £50,000 has been donated to local good causes and charities. "There has been some national attention on Grimsby, and particularly the East Marsh, over recent weeks and months. "While some of this has been less than positive, through the academies in my education trust I see on a daily basis that there is a great deal that we should be proud of. "Our young people show huge potential. Our community provides a supportive and caring environment and we are seeing progress and development in the town."

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David Ross Sports Village

University of Nottingham
Foundation University of Nottingham | January 15, 2015

David Ross Sports Village

Our new state-of-the-art £40 million David Ross Sports Village will help take sport at Nottingham to the top. It promises to be a fantastic new addition to University Park Campus providing all our sports teams and clubs with a great range of innovative new facilities in a lively and inclusive environment. While construction is underway temporary facilities will be available. Our vision for sport is bold and ambitious. The new development will help us increase participation in sports at all levels and provide the support people need to develop and excel, whether you're a casual player or an elite athlete.

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David Ross's exhibition covers art from Pop to Brit

SPEARS
Editorial Spears | November 22, 2013
david Ross art

'Pop Art to Britart:

Modern Masters from the David Ross Collection' features Bridget Riley's dynamic visual waves and the emotionally arresting and exquisite Gossip by Howard Hodgkin. William Cash previews the show.

Previously unseen and important British country house art collections do not often travel en masse. Maybe the odd picture is crated off to a loan exhibition at the Met, or the Ashmolean or the Venice Biennale (such as the Franchetti Collection this summer). But an art gallery on the university campus of Nottingham? As ever David Ross has revealed himself to be bold, radical and innovative.

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David Ross Sunday Times Rich List

Sunday Times
National Press Sunday Times Rich list

Abstract

Although a substantial amount of research has examined the constructs of warmth and competence, far less has examined how these constructs develop and what benefits may accrue when warmth and competence are cultivated. Yet there are positive consequences, both emotional and behavioral, that are likely to occur when brands hold perceptions of both. In this paper, we shed light on when and how warmth and competence are jointly promoted in brands, and why these reputations matter.

Grimsby Community Awards 2014: Celebrating the best of the borough

Grimsby Telegraph
Local PressNovember 27, 2014

Grimsby Community Awards 2014

The main prize was presented by last year's winner Pam Hodge, on behalf of the event's main sponsor the John Ross MBE Community Fund. Read more

John Ross Community Trust Fund: Apply here for slice of funding

Grimsby Telegraph
Local PressNovember 27, 2014
David Ross Foundation

The John Ross MBE Community Trust Fund, which has handed out more than £50,000 to scores of worthy causes across North East Lincolnshire, is appealing for more groups to come forward for the next round of funding.

The trust, set up in 2011, followed the death of the fishing industry figure John Ross MBE. It has helped many small community groups to buy new equipment, improve facilities or simply stay afloat, and was set up by John Ross' son David Ross.

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A preview of the Nevill Holt Opera

The Sloaney
Editorial The Sloaney | April 21, 2015
David Ross Nevill Holt Opera

Nevill Holt Opera

The Nevill Holt Opera, which is hosted by David Ross who founded Carphone Warehouse, is fast becoming one of the highlights of the British Summer Social Season and it has sold out in record time this year. It was launched as an independent opera festival in 2013 and takes place in a beautiful and unique stately home setting. General Manager Rosenna East is extremely busy with preparations for this year’s performance but she managed to find some time in her diary to give readers of The Sloaney a preview of the event.

WHY IS OPERA SIGNIFICANT TO NEVILL HOLT?

Our founder patron, David Ross, has imported opera to Nevill Holt for over a decade. There is a history and also an appetite from the local audience. Over the last two years it has taken a step up in significance as we are now creating our own work, rather than just featuring other people’s touring productions. The stable block theatre dates back to the 16th century and is a very unique place to hear opera – it is unlike anywhere else!

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Plans revealed for permanent Nevill Holt theatre

Alex Blackwell
Local PressJune 08, 2014

Plans revealed for permanent Nevill Holt theatre

Ambitious plans to create a permanent theatre in the hamlet of Nevill Holt have been revealed. Businessman David Ross, who owns Nevill Holt Hall and the entire hamlet of Nevill Holt, told the Mail this week about his “ambitious and major plans” to create a permanent theatre at the site which would blend sympathetically with the historic stable block near the hall. At the moment, he has planning permission for a temporary theatre. Mr Ross told the Mail his team plans to work with English Heritage to make a “significant investment” in creating a permanent site. Work could start next year or in 2016, depending on planning permission.

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David Ross Foundation donates £1.4m to Lincoln Castle's Magna Carta vault

Lincolnshire County Council
Foundation Lincolnshire County Council | January 15, 2015
David Ross Magna Carta

The Historic Lincoln Trust has secured a £1.4m donation for the Lincoln Castle Revealed project.

The generous donation is being made by the David Ross Foundation, which helps children and young people discover their strengths through a wide-range of world-class opportunities focusing on education, sports, arts and the community. The money will go towards the creation of a new underground home to showcase Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest, which will be named the David P.J. Ross Magna Carta Vault in honour of the foundation’s contribution. Lord Cormack, chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful to the David Ross Foundation for ensuring that Lincoln Cathedral’s copy of Magna Carta, one of only four to survive, will be displayed in a special purpose-built vault in Lincoln Castle.

“This will mean that generations of visitors and students will have a unique opportunity to appreciate the full significance of the most important constitutional document in our history: the foundation of the rule of law in this country and inspiration to countries throughout the world”. David Ross, chairman of the David Ross Foundation, added: “Having grown up in Lincolnshire, I am very proud to be able to be part of the new Magna Carta Vault development at Lincoln Castle. “Not only is it important for Lincoln and the area to attract more visitors but it will also be a significant educational facility, offering learning across a broad range of National Curriculum subject areas for primary and secondary pupils.”

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