What to see this week: ‘Battles and Dynasties’
To celebrate the 800th anniversary of Lincoln Fair in 1217, The Collection Museum in Lincoln has mounted the ambitious exhibition ‘Battles and Dynasties’. Some of the objects on display relate to the anniversary, including the verse life of William Marshal (d.1219), the victorious commander of the Royalist forces, and—shown here—matthew Paris’s Great Chronicle illustrated with drawings of the Fair of Lincoln and the Battle of Lincoln (left).
The exhibition presents objects connected with later British dynastic crises, including the death warrant of Mary, Queen of Scots, the 1701 Act of Settlement and the instrument of abdication of Edward VIII. It also includes some notable portrait loans, such as Van Dyke’s triple portrait of Charles I and Holbein’s drawing of Anne Boleyn. In conjunction with the exhibition, the volume of Domesday—the great survey of the realm initiated by William the Conqueror in 1085—relating to Lincolnshire is on display in the Magna Carta Vault in Lincoln Castle.
‘Battles and Dynasties’ runs until September 3— for further information, telephone 01522 782040, or visit www.thecollectionmuseum.com