Domes­day is com­ing

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IT has been an­nounced that the Domes­day Book, the great sur­vey of Eng­land com­mis­sioned by William the Con­queror in 1086, is to travel from its per­ma­nent home at the Na­tional Ar­chives for an ex­hi­bi­tion in the David P. J. Ross Magna Carta Vault at Lin­coln Cas­tle, from May 27 to Septem­ber 3. The sur­vey is the most com­plete de­scrip­tion of any part of 11th-cen­tury Europe and re­ceived its fa­mil­iar name as the defin­ing record of land own­er­ship in the king­dom within a cen­tury of its creation. It com­prises two vol­umes known as Lit­tle and Great Domes­day.

The lat­ter, which con­tains the 1086 de­scrip­tion of Lin­colnshire, will be on dis­play at the cas­tle. This loan—like that by the Bri­tish Li­brary of the Lind­is­farne Gospels to Durham in 2013—re­flects the in­creased will­ing­ness of na­tional col­lec­tions to con­sider loans of out­stand­ing ma­te­rial to pro­vin­cial in­sti­tu­tions. Great Domes­day is one of the na­tional trea­sures be­ing brought to­gether in Lin­coln for an ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled ‘Bat­tles and Dy­nas­ties’ at The Col­lec­tion. It co­in­cides with the 800th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Lin­coln Fair in 1217 (see Coun­try Life, Jan­uary 11).

Visit www.lin­col­ncas­tle.com and www.thecol­lec­tion­mu­seum.com for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets. JG

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