A fascinating showcase of historic documents and artefacts from British history, including the 1086 Domesday Book, the 1217 Charter of the Forest, and royal portraits.
Iconic items and collections will be on display from institutions across the country, including royal portraits loaned by Her Majesty the Queen, and other artefacts from the National Archives, the British Library, the Lambeth Palace Library, the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Society of Antiquaries, Eton College, and many other public and private collections.
Highlights include the Domesday Book, royal portraits of Elizabeth I, Victoria, and Elizabeth II, illustrations and manuscripts from the 1217 Battle of Lincoln, and the 1217 Charter of the Forest.
The exhibition will be on display mostly in The Collection, and also in Lincoln Castle's Magna Carta Vault.
- 1141 Battle of Lincoln Illustration, The Collection
An illustration of the 12th century Battle of Lincoln, when King Stephen was captured at Lincoln Castle, will be on display.
- 1217 Battle of Lincoln Illustration, The Collection
The 13th century, near contemporary Matthew Paris Chronicle will be on display which depicts the famous Battle of Lincoln.
- Act of Settlement 1701, The Collection
This act brought a close to the upheavals of the 17th century and laid the foundations for the Hanoverian succession.
- The Charter of the Forest, Lincoln Castle Magna Carta Vault
The 1217 Charter of the Forest was an addition to the re-issued Magna Carta. It's smaller size gave the name to Magna Carta - the great charter. One of only two surviving original copies can be seen in on display Lincoln Castle.
- The Domesday Book, Lincoln Castle Magna Carta Vault
This iconic document was commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1086 and today is the earliest surviving public record. The Domesday Book is on loan from its permanent home at The National Archives, London.
- Elizabeth I Portait, The Collection
A portrait of one of the longest reigning monarchs, Queen Elizabeth I of England, from the 16th century.
- Elizabeth II Photographs, The Collection
Photography featuring the current Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II, who is the longest reigning monarch in British history, from 1952 to today.
- Hans Holbein's Drawings of Anne Boleyn and John Fisher, The Collection
Drawings of Anne Boleyn, second wife to King Henry VIII, and John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, from the 16th century.
- Illuminated Bible of Henry IV, The Collection
The great Bible of King Henry IV of England, the only king to be born in Lincolnshire (Bolingbroke Castle), who reigned from 1399 to 1413.
- Instrument of Abdication of Edward VIII, The Collection
The instrument signed by King Edward VIII in 1936 to abdicate, making him one of the shortest-reigning monarchs in British history.
- Katherine Howard Bill of Attainder, The Collection
The bill which led to the execution of Katherine Howard, the fifth wife of King Henry VIII, in 1541.
- Magna Carta, Lincoln Castle Magna Carta Vault
One of only four surviving original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta will be on display at Lincoln Castle.
- Mary Tudor Book of Devotions, The Collection
A book of devotions of Mary I, Queen of England and Ireland in the 16th century, posthumously named "Bloody Mary".
- Mary Queen of Scots Death Warrant, The Collection
The warrant for the death of Mary Stuart, Queen Mary I of Scotland, issued by Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1586.
- Richard III Prayer Book, The Collection
Book of prayers taken by the king to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
- Seal of Nichola de la Haye, The Collection
Nichola de la Haye was castellan of Lincoln Castle in the early 13th century, including during the 1217 Battle of Lincoln.
- Throne of Queen Victoria, The Collection
The throne of one of Britain's longest reigning monarchs, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
- Trial of Charles I, The Collection
The contemporary, Parliamentary account of the trial of King Charles I of England at Westminster in 1649.
- Van Dyck's Triple Portrait of Charles I, The Collection
Oil painting of King Charles I of England from 1636, featuring the king in three positions.
- Victoria Portrait, The Collection
Painting of Queen Victoria of England, the second longest reigning monarch in British history from 1837 to 1901.
- William Marshal Manuscript and Seal, The Collection
A manuscript of the life of William Marshal, one of the heros of the 1217 Battle of Lincoln, written less than a decade after his death in 1219.
- Will of Henry V, The Collection
The will of King Henry V of England, written in 1421 before his final military campaign. It is written in English - Henry V was the first to do so since the Norman invasion of 1066.