Cultural Platform 2015

Experience Oxfordshire's Cultural Platform on 24th July 2015 welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron as a VIP speaker. The event at Cogges celebrated the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta and 750th anniversary of the first ‘De Montfort’ parliament.

An audience of local businesses representing Oxfordshire’s tourism, heritage and cultural sector were joined by local councillors, together with Oxfordshire’s young representatives of the National Youth Parliament.

David Cameron said: “I was delighted to mark the anniversary of Magna Carta in the heart of my constituency, alongside so many people from business and the local community. Experience Oxfordshire does a fantastic job to promote cultural tourism, improving the visitor experience and boosting the economy – and today was just one example of that. As I said in my speech, we need to cherish our history, learn from it, and share it with others. Increasing the number of tourists we draw to attractions outside London is crucial to that. That’s why we launched our Five Point Plan to boost tourism last week – and why Cogges Manor Farm was the perfect place to reaffirm my commitment to that.”

After the event the Prime Minister expressed his thanks to Experience Oxfordshire for organising his visit, and hoped that the guests were not too disappointed their VIP guest was not Maggie Smith.

The event was sponsored by Hedges Law, a legal firm founded in Oxfordshire in 1789 and VSL & Partners Property Developers, longstanding supporters of cultural development in Oxfordshire.