Domesday is coming
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