Domesday Book to go on display in Lincoln Castle

The Domesday Book will be at Lincoln Castle this summer (May 27-September 3) as part of a major exhibition marking the 800th anniversary of a key battle in the city.

The document was commissioned in 1086 by William the Conqueror to record the taxable value and resources of boroughs and manors in England.

On loan from its permanent home at The National Archives, London, the Domesday document will be one of several local and national treasures showcased as part of Battles and Dynasties, an exhibition brought together by Lincolnshire County Council, Lord Cormack and the Historic Lincoln Trust.

The Battle of Lincoln Fair in 1217 is not well known but it saw Lincoln at the heart of the fight to save the English throne from the French.

Jeff James, chief executive and keeper at The National Archives, said: “As a national institution, we are delighted that the most iconic public record is going out to the public, allowing visitors a unique opportunity to view it as part of a fascinating exhibition in the fine medieval surroundings of Lincoln Castle this summer.”

Lord Cormack, chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust, added: “This will be a very special exhibition with major works of art and manuscripts which have never been seen together before.

“I am particularly thrilled that Domesday Book which is the single most important item in our national archive, and which records the Lincolnshire of 1086 in meticulous detail, will be on display.”

The full Battles and Dynasties exhibition will be shown at The Collection in Lincoln.

A new self-guided 1217 Battle of Lincoln Trail follows the key battle locations through the city.

Other events marking the anniversary include a new Knights’ Trail of 35 knight-on-horseback sculptures through the city (May 20-September 3) and a one-day city-wide festival on May 20, featuring a medieval market, shield-making workshops, a procession and a finale event telling the story of the Battle of Lincoln.

The Battle of Lincoln Fair at Lincoln Castle (May 27-29) will see a re-enactment with a cast of more than 100 armoured soldiers.

Picture of Lincoln Castle: VisitBritain/Visit Lincoln.