OPEN FROM 21 MAY
A permanent exhibition in the South Transept.
Be one of the first to exploreÂ Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation, a stunning new exhibition at Winchester Cathedral.
Winchester Cathedral is a living monument to the heritage of England and is one of the most historically significant buildings in Britain. From the time of Alfred the Great until after the Norman Conquest, Winchester was Englandâ€™s capital and the Cathedral was its royal chapel. Much of Englandâ€™s early history was based here and twelve English kings are believed to be buried here â€“ meaning that Winchester can lay claim to being the first Royal Mausoleum.
The opening ofÂ Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a NationÂ marks the culmination of an ambitious seven-year project to unlock the Cathedralâ€™s stories and treasures by inspiring active engagement in the interpretation and exploration of our heritage.
Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other generousÂ supporters, a spectacular three-level exhibition space in the South Transept will take visitors on a journey through over 1,000 years of history, whilst offering awe-inspiring views of the Cathedral.
There will be four exciting galleries to explore:
A SCRIBEâ€™S TALE
The Winchester Bible is the largest and finest of all surviving 12th-century English bibles. Hear the incredible story of how and why the Winchester Bible was made, in the Cathedral where it was created, and admire its exquisite illuminated initials and elaborate decorative schemes.
THE BIRTH OF A NATION
Winchester played a unique role in shaping early English history and Old Minster, the Anglo-Saxon Cathedral, lay at the centre of its foundation. Join us on an intriguing journey of discovery as we unearth the secrets hidden within the Cathedralâ€™s mortuary chests, meet influential Anglo-Saxon kings in the city from which they ruled and discover the role of Winchesterâ€™s Anglo-Saxon and Norman Cathedrals in the birth of a nation.
DECODING THE STONES
Unlock the mysteries of Winchester Cathedral, a building which has been created, destroyed and remade over centuries of struggle and Civil War. Decoding the Stones will tell the story of the Cathedral itself, linking modern restoration works and contemporary craftspeople with their medieval predecessors.
Explore the realities of monastic life at Winchester Cathedral Priory with a fascinatingÂ rolling programme of displays from the Cathedral archives. The Mezzanine also providesÂ access to the remarkable 17th-century Morley Library and its outstanding collection of books, which have remained in their current location for over 400 years.