Last weekend to see popular Battles and Dynasties exhibition in Lincoln


The very popular Battles and Dynasties exhibition is still on, and the coming weekend will be the last opportunity to see the memorable exhibition showing at The Collection and Lincoln Castle.

Battles and Dynasties presents a fascinating array of historic documents, illuminated manuscripts and artefacts, including royal portraits and Domesday Book.

Highlights include 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, plus:

The 13th century, near contemporary Matthew Paris Chronicle is on display which depicts the famous 1217 Battle of Lincoln.

Act of Settlement 1701, which brought a close to the upheavals of the 17th century and laid the foundations for the Hanoverian succession.

Domesday Book – 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.

Hans Holbein’s Drawings of Anne Boleyn and John Fisher

Illuminated Bible of Henry IV

Instrument of Abdication of Edward VIII

Mary Tudor’s Book of Devotions

Mary Queen of Scots Death Warrant

Richard III’s Prayer Book which was taken by the king to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

Van Dyck’s Triple Portrait of Charles I

William Marshal Manuscript

Will of Henry V


The exhibition has a particular focus on the Battle of Lincoln, and events taking place in the city and castle of Lincoln on that fateful day in May 1217. Taking as its starting point the Norman Conquest of 1066, the exhibition traces the ups and downs of the ruling dynasty, with particular attention to those times when the succession to the throne was challenged by battle, rebellion or a monarch’s lack of heirs.

Among these events are the first Battle of Lincoln in 1141 when King Stephen was defeated and captured by the forces of the Empress Matilda, his rival for the throne. The fluctuating fortunes of the ruling dynasty are equally evident in the post-medieval periodVisit the exhibition and find out more about the battles and dynasties that have shaped this country.

Iconic items and collections from around the country and from overseas are on display until 3rd September 2017, 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.

The exhibition is on display mostly in The Collection, with Domesday Book exhibited in Lincoln Castle’s Magna Carta Vault.