Cultural Quarter
Battles and Dynasties

  • May 27, 2017 to September 3, 2017
  • All Day

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A fascinating showcase of artefacts, from William the Conqueror to the present day. Includes Van Dyck's triple portrait of Charles I and Holbein's drawing of Ann Boleyn on loan from Her Majesty the Queen.

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 (at Lincoln Castle), 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 (at Lincoln Castle).

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 1217 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 IVThe 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 VIIIThe 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.
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Times & Prices

The exhibition will run from Saturday 27th May - Sunday 3rd September.

  • The Collection: open daily from 10am - 5pm (last entry 4:45pm)
  • Lincoln Castle: open daily from 10am – 5pm (grounds close 5.30pm)

Entry to The Collection is free. Entry to the exhibition can be pre-booked on The Collection website and is charged at:

  • Adults: £6
  • Concession: £5
  • Child: £4
  • Family (2 adults and up to three children): £16

Entry to the Magna Carta Vault is included in Lincoln Castle's Inclusive Ticket, which can also be pre-booked on on The Collection website:

  • Adult: £13.50
  • Concession: £11
  • Child (ages 5 - 16): £7.20
  • Under 5s: free
  • Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children): £34.20.

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