Although tucked away in cool storage for future generations to enjoy, the archival crown jewel that is Domesday Book (in fact composed of two volumes, Great and Little Domesday) was once a working record regularly seen and consulted. We are therefore delighted to send it to a temporary summer home, to be displayed outside London for the first time in living memory, in a major exhibition at Lincoln Castle.
Great Domesday will be accompanied by an illustrious court of seven other medieval documents including Nichola de la Haye’s seal – highlighting the historic role of the city’s female constable – and a letter by Henry VIII describing Lincoln as one of the most ‘brute and beastly shire of the kingdom’.
931 years of history
When William the Conqueror gave his ‘deep speech’ of Christmas 1085, outlining his plan to survey England in its entirety, few could have foreseen that the resulting Doomsday Book would still fascinate people 931 years later. Used for centuries as proof of who-owned-what-and-where, it also gives an invaluable insight into the structure of society.
In addition to enormous intangible and historical value, Domesday is a precious object and work of art that elicits awe and curiosity. As such it has undergone many investigations, regstorations and preservation campaigns over its long history. Continue reading »