2012 Exhibition: ROYAL DEVOTION

Monarchy and the Book of Common Prayer

1 May - 14 July 2012 Tuesday - Saturday & Bank Holiday Mondays 7 May & 4 June.

This exhibition traces the close relationship between royalty and religion from medieval to modern times. It tells the story of the Book of Common Prayer and its importance in national life. This story is illustrated with books, manuscripts and objects, many of which have royal or other important provenances. The centrepiece of the exhibition will be the 1662 revision of the Book of Common Prayer. Other highlights of the exhibition include:

  • A 1549 printing of the Book of Common Prayer
  • Medieval illuminated manuscripts, including the Book of Hours of Richard III
  • Queen Elizabeth I's personal prayer book and a copy of the book of private devotions compiled for Queen Elizabeth II in preparation for her coronation
  • The Book of Common Prayer used at the wedding of Queen Victoria
  • Charles I's own handwritten revision of State Prayers.

The exhibiton is curated by Hugh Cahill, Deputy Librarian, Lambeth Palace Library and Brian Cummings, Professor of English at the University of Sussex. Professor Cummings was founding Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies, 2004-8. He was previously Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and has held visiting fellowships in California and in Munich. His books include The Literary Culture of the Reformation: Grammar and Grace (OUP, 2002), and The Book of Common Prayer: the Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662 (OUP, 2011). Currently, he holds a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship for 2009-12, researching his next book, The Confessions of Shakespeare. In May 2012 he is giving the British Academy Shakespeare Lecture and in October 2012 he will give the Clarendon Lectures at Oxford University. 

Opening Times

Tuesday - Friday 11.00 - 13.30 and 14.00 - 17.00 (last entry 16.00)
Saturdays and Bank Holidays 11.00 - 16.00 (last entry 15.00).

Tickets are issued with timed entry slots. The time you select is the earliest time you can enter the exhibition.

£12 Adults, £10 Concessions (over-60s & students & unemployed), under-17s free.

Price includes printed exhibition guide. Tickets on sale from 15 February. During the opening celebration week (1 - 5 May) all tickets are £6 (no further concessions).

To buy tickets visit the Ticketmaster exhibition website or call 0844 847 1698.

For any other enquiries please ring: 07432 044820

For details of the lecture series associated with the exhibition please see the PDF on the top right of this page.