Historic Royal Palaces have partnered with Luxmuralis Artist Collaboration to create an immersive sound and light show for all ages to enjoy. It will bring the spectacle, significance and shared experience of Coronations to life, demonstrating the pivotal role of the Crown Jewels, part of the Royal Collection, within the ceremony.
DATE & TIME4th - 8th March 2024
BookingBook online, call 01962 857 275 or book in-person at the Box Office inside Winchester Cathedral.
The show will feature stunning imagery, in exquisite detail, spanning across the centuries. Visitors will journey through more than 1000 years of history, encompassing the reigns of some of the most famous English monarchs including William the Conqueror, Elizabeth I, and Queen Victoria. Just like medieval and Tudor rulers, visitors will be swept up in the spectacle of the coronation procession.
This light show launches just months after the world witnessed the Crown Jewels in use at a Coronation for the first time in 70 years. Hundreds of people gathered inside Winchester Cathedral to watch the live stream of King Charles III’s Coronation, and there wasn’t an empty seat for the Service of Thanksgiving.
Winchester Cathedral is a special location to enjoy this spectacular light and sound show, due to it's royal history.
When you walk past the Old Minster to enter the cathedral, you’ll be walking past the very place that Edward the Confessor’s Coronation took place (by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on Easter day, 3rd April 1043). When you’re inside the cathedral, watching the projections on the cathedral’s historic ‘Great Screen’ you’ll be standing in the steps of Queen Mary I (Mary Tudor) and Prince Philip II of Spain on their wedding day in 1554. Look up in the Quire, and you’ll see mortuary chests, containing the bones of Kings and Queens.
We are delighted to be working with Historic Royal Palaces on this spectacular light show, transforming such remarkable buildings into an articulating and evolving display of historic images, awash with light and accompanied by compositions which chart changes to music over the period. Bringing this artwork to Winchester Cathedral is the perfect setting as Kings such as Edward the confessor were coronated in this very space. Now the Cathedral will be the canvas upon which it's powerful history and heritage is portrayed.Peter Walker, Sculptor and Artist at Luxmuralis
The Crown Jewels hold deep religious, historic, and cultural significance, and we are really excited to be bringing this magnificent collection to people around the UK. Through spectacular imagery and an emotive soundscape, Crown and Coronation will immerse visitors in the rich history of the British monarchy.Charles Farris, Public Historian for the History of the Monarchy at Historic Royal Palaces
Warning: This event may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy.
Please also be aware this event takes you on a journey around the Cathedral and may include steps up and down in places.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any accessibility questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timed ticket slots minimises crowding, giving you room to move around and enjoy the experience. Once you have entered the event, you can walk around at your own pace and enjoy the experience in your own time. It’s recommended to allow 45 minutes to an hour for the experience.
Book online, call 01962 857 275 or book in-person at the Box Office inside Winchester Cathedral.
Absolutely. This immersive light and sound show is appropriate for all ages. Small children may enjoy this as a sensory activity too. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times during their visit.
It is possible that Winchester Cathedral and invited press will be filming and taking photographs throughout the experience. Please speak to a member of staff onsite if you wish to opt out.
Don't forget to bring your camera for this Instagram-worthy show!
Lead image : © Luxmuralis / Mary Evans Picture Library
Photo credits: Photos by Luxmuralis. Created by the Luxmuralis artistic collaboration, Peter Walker Sculptor and David Harper Composer, in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces. In association with the Royal Collection Trust.