Lincoln’s largest historic exhibition attracts nearly 10,000 visitors

Almost 10,000 people have flocked to see a variety of world-famous treasures at Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition this summer.

The 12-week exhibition brings together rare artefacts from private, national and international collections as part of a number of events to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

Items are on display at venues including The Collection, The Usher Gallery, Lincoln Cathedral’s Wren Library and Lincoln Castle until September 27.

Items can be found across Lincoln, including in The Collection museum. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Items can be found across Lincoln, including in The Collection museum. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The exhibition includes:

  • The Luttrell Psalter, one of the most famous medieval manuscripts, containing the 150 Psalms of the Old Testament, along with illustrations of rustic life
  • The Heneage Jewel, one of the most important Tudor jewels in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection
  • A detailed map of Australia by Donington-born explorer Matthew Flinders – who also suggested the continent’s name – from the National Archives
  • Paintings with Lincolnshire connections by artists including George Stubbs, JMW Turner, Thomas Lawrence and Lucien Freud
  • The 1225 Magna Carta from the National Archives, sat alongside Lincoln’s 1215 Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle
Lord Patrick Cormack, Chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Lord Patrick Cormack, Chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Lord Cormack, Chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust, which has organised the exhibition, said: “I would urge as many as possible to take the unique opportunity which Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition offers.

“There has never been such a remarkable collection of pictures, manuscripts and other works of art, all with a Lincolnshire connection, displayed in our county and these wonderful things will never come together again.”