Salisbury 2020: City on the Move

Salisbury 2020Salisbury 2020: City on the move is a year-long programme of events and activities marking the 800th anniversary of the laying of Salisbury Cathedral’s first foundation stone and the development of Salisbury.

The story behind the anniversary begins in the early 1220s when Bishop Richard Poore, the medieval bishop of Salisbury, moved the cathedral and its community from Old Sarum to its present site.  Driven by the need to access fresh water, and desperate to escape bad weather, royal supervision and regular harassment by soldiers stationed at Old Sarum Castle, his actions changed the community and landscape of South Wiltshire forever.

By April 1220 the foundation stones for what was to become an iconic national landmark were laid and expansion of the city we know and love.

The anniversary programme is themed around movement with three ‘pillars’ or key areas of activity:

  • Events that offer opportunities to take part in physical activities, echoing the strength and endeavour required to build a new cathedral
  • Technology activities and events that celebrate the ingenuity of our forebears and offer ways to discover the latest in technology and science
  • Activities and events that explore developments in thought and ideas across the last eight centuries

WASP Chief Executive, Steve Boocock said:

“Salisbury 2020 is a great opportunity for the people of Salisbury to get out and about, try something new and get moving.  Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Partnership are working with the City Council and local organisations to provide support for coaching, to deliver a programme of physical activities and showcase what is available in South Wiltshire”

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