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Battles and Dynasties

An unmissable exhibition highlighting key moments over 1,000 years of English history is now on display in Lincoln

The extraordinary stories of kings and queens from 1066 onwards are vividly brought to life in a unique collection.

Battles and Dynasties

Battles and Dynasties showcases about 100 national and local treasures, including works of art, original manuscripts and other historic artefacts, brought together for the very first time.

Highlights of the exhibition - inspired by the Battle of Lincoln’s 800th anniversary this year - include:
The very earliest biography of William Marshal, the hero of the battle, on
loan from the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York

  • Van Dyck’s famous triptych (three-part) painting of Charles I, generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection
  • The original 13th-century illustration of the Battle of Lincoln by chronicler Matthew Paris
  • The death warrant for Mary Queen of Scots, signed by her cousin Elizabeth I
  • Queen Victoria’s throne
  • 20th-century portraits of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II

Cllr Nick Worth, executive member for heritage, says: “People have been flocking to this unique exhibition, because the amount of history in one room is absolutely astonishing.

“If you haven’t been yet, don’t miss out, as there will never be another opportunity to see these extraordinary things together.”

Most of the historic treasures featured in Battles and Dynasties are on display at The Collection in Lincoln’s Cultural Quarter.

However, the star attraction is the Domesday Book, currently on loan at Lincoln Castle from The National Archives.

The iconic document is often described as the most important in English history. It gives a unique insight into the country almost 1,000 years ago, describing land-holdings, properties, towns and people.

Cllr Worth adds: “Domesday hasn’t been displayed outside London in living memory, so it’s very special to have it in Lincoln.

“When we renovated Lincoln Castle, we built the David PJ Ross Vault to host documents that need special conditions, but we never dreamed we would have something of such national significance, with the Domesday Book alongside the world-famous Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest.”

Battles and Dynasties has been brought together by Lincolnshire County Council and Lord Cormack in partnership with the Historic Lincoln Trust, The
National Archives and the British Library.

Getting your tickets

Battles and Dynasties at The Collection - adult tickets £6 (concessions and family tickets available) from or at
the museum.

Domesday at Lincoln Castle - buy your all-inclusive castle tickets from or at the attraction.

Tickets for both parts of the exhibition - which runs until 3 September - include a free return visit (time limits apply), plus a 10% discount if booked online.

The Domesday Book exhibition has been made possible as a result of the Government Indemnity Scheme. Lincolnshire County Council would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging it.


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Last updated: 1 August 2017

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