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Bondage to Liberation: Anarchic Collections

  • August 10; 2019 to October 16; 2019
  • 10:00am to 5:00pm

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Collections Featuring Vivienne Westwood and Jamie Reid

An exhibition in Lincoln Castle's Victorian Prison bringing together iconic pieces of footwear and clothing by designer Vivienne Westwood from the private collection of Lee Price, and ‘The Sex Pistols Mural’ by radical artist and activist Jamie Reid.

Alongside the exhibition of footwear, Vivienne Westwood and her team have also included a selection of items to compliment Lee Price’s collection on the theme of human rights and freedom of speech including a handwritten cape which will be exhibited inside the Magna Carta Vault.

The work of Westwood and Reid epitomises a key moment in British cultural history; the 1970s punk movement. Westwood opened her first boutique SEX in 1974 with Malcolm Mclaren and later renamed the store Seditionaries in 1976. Around the same time Jamie Reid was protesting social injustices with his now signature ransom note collages.

The pair became infamous for the creation of the punk and new wave aesthetic when the Sex Pistols started wearing many of the items from Seditionaries and commissioned Reid to create artwork for their records, such as ‘Nevermind the Bollocks’ and ‘God Save the Queen’.

Set against the backdrop of Lincoln Castle's Victorian Prison and the Magna Carta Vault, the exhibition includes pieces from the 1970s onwards and celebrates the pairs’ legacy of non-conformity throughout the decades.

This brand new exhibition is brought to you in partnership with The Civic, Barnsley, and Lincoln Castle. Photo credit: The Civic, Barnsley.

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Times & Prices

Saturday 10th August - Saturday 16th November:

  • Open daily: 10am - 5pm.

Tickets can be bought on the Lincoln Castle Digitickets website:

  • Adult: £14;
  • Concession: £11.50;
  • Child (ages 5 - 16): £7.50;
  • Under 5s: free;
  • Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children): £35.50;
  • Carers accompanying visitors with disabilities: free.

Admission also includes the Medieval Wall Walk and access to the Victorian Prison and David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault.


Lincoln Castle & Lincoln Cathedral Joint Ticket (including one free return to Lincoln Cathedral within 6 months): Adults £18, Concessions £15, Child £10, Family £46.

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