The revamped Lincoln Castle will get the royal seal of approval just in time for Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary celebrations.
On Monday, June 8, HRH Princess Anne will officially open the redeveloped Lincoln Castle, which includes the David PJ Ross (Lincolnshire’s first billionaire) Magna Carta Vault, a new home for Lincoln Cathedral’s copy of the historic document.
The centrepiece of the £22 million Lincoln Castle refurbishment project is the new purpose-built vault featuring an underground widescreen cinema screening the story of King John, the barons and the birth of the Great Charter.
It is also the only place in the world where a 1215 Magna Carta and be seen alongside its sister document, the 1217 Charter of the Forest.
Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture and Heritage, said: “This project has finally given Magna Carta the home it deserves – and just in time for its 800th anniversary on 15 June.
“Not only is Magna Carta a cornerstone of our justice system, but it has served as an inspiration to other nations around the globe.
“And this new exhibition will ensure future generations never forget the role played by this unique icon of liberty and freedom.
“In addition, we’re working with our partners to stage an exciting series of events to celebrate Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary.
“I can think of no better way to mark this historic occasion.”
Other highlights of the new-look Lincoln Castle include:
- A complete-circuit Medieval Wall Walk, offering spectacular views of the city, enhanced by a fascinating audio guide.
- The newly-refurbished Victorian Prison – closed to the public for decades – including films, panels and digital interactive screens exploring prison life.
- A new castle shop and café, offering souvenirs, gifts and refreshments.