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Domesday is coming!

The Domesday Book - one of our greatest national treasures - is making a “once-in-a-lifetime” visit to Lincoln Castle

Dating from 1086, William the Conqueror’s famous record of his new kingdom is very rarely on public display - even at its home at The National Archives in London.

Domesday Book

Exhibiting the Domesday Book 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 the indemnity.

But the historic document will take pride of place this summer in the David PJ Ross Magna Carta vault at Lincoln Castle.

Jeff James, the chief executive and keeper at The National Archives, says: “Domesday is our nation’s earliest, most important and most treasured public record.

“We’re delighted that visitors will have the unique opportunity to view this iconic book in the fine medieval surroundings of Lincoln Castle.”

Domesday will be one of dozens of national treasures showcased in a stunning Battles and Dynasties exhibition, from 27 May until 3 September.

The Collection will be hosting the rest of the exhibition, with paintings, artefacts and documents charting 1,000 years of English history. Highlights include Tudor death warrants, medieval swords and royal portraits.

Battles and Dynasties has been brought together by Lincolnshire County Council and Lord Cormack, in partnership with the Historic Lincoln Trust, The National Archives, the British Library and the Royal Collection. Lord Cormack, chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust, said: “This will be a very special exhibition, with major works of art and manuscripts never seen together before. I’m particularly thrilled about the Domesday Book, which records the Lincolnshire of 1086 in meticulous detail.

“I’m most grateful to David Ross and other generous sponsors for making this historic exhibition possible.”

Domesday tickets

The Domesday Book can be seen with a Lincoln Castle all-inclusive ticket, which also covers Magna Carta, the Medieval Wall Walk and the Victorian Prison.

You can buy your ticket now at and receive a 10% discount. Adult tickets cost £12, with concessions £9.60, children
£7.20 and under-5s free.

Battles and Dynasties

Battles and Dynasties is a major exhibition at Lincoln Castle and The Collection, exploring the great battles and rulers in England from the 11th century to the present day.

Works have been loaned from all over the world, including the British Library, The National Archives and the Royal Collection, as well as private collections.

Tickets for the full exhibition at The Collection in Lincoln, costing £4 to £6, are on sale from April at

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Last updated: 26 May 2017

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