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Royal opening for The Collection's Battles and Dynasties exhibition

6 July 2017

Special launch for unmissable collection!

The unmissable exhibition will be officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester on Thursday 6 July.

Battles and Dynasties is at the museum until Sunday 3 September. It charts the succession of the monarchy and the battles fought to win and secure the crown over the last 900 years, including a host of nationally-significant artefacts and local treasures.

It 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.

Cllr Nick Worth, Executive Member for Heritage said: “The exhibition has been designed to celebrate the 800th anniversary of a pivotal moment in British history - the Battle of Lincoln, which saved the crown of Henry III for England. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so make sure you book your tickets today.”

Battles and Dynasties

Lord Cormack, chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust, added: “We decided to take a broad historical look at how certain great battles had changed, or confirmed, the royal houses of England from the Norman Conquest onwards. This is a sumptuous and memorable feast of exhibits - manuscripts, documents, portraits and even Queen Victoria’s throne. They have never been seen together before - and will never be brought together again. I am most grateful to David Ross and to other generous sponsors for making this historic exhibition possible.”

Highlights of the exhibition include:

- Van Dyck’s triptych painting of Charles I, generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection.
- A prayer book owned by Richard III which he took to Bosworth Field, the last time an English Monarch was killed in battle
- The original 13th century illustration of the Battle of Lincoln, by Matthew Paris.

Artefacts on display have come from institutions all over the country, and America. Some of the items are from private collections and are never usually on display.

The exhibition complements The Domesday Book, which is on display at Lincoln Castle until Sunday 3 September, offering visitors an amazing summer of history in Lincoln.

Tickets for Battles and Dynasties cost £6 for adults, £5 for concessions, £4 for children. A family ticket for up to two adults and up to three children is available for £16. Get your tickets to see Battles and Dynasties at

Visitors can see the Domesday Book by purchasing an all-inclusive ticket to Lincoln Castle. Book online at for a 10% discount. Tickets include a free return visit within six months.

This 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 the indemnity.

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