Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation

A unique look at Winchester's role in the forming of early England

Winchester was England’s capital from the time of Alfred the Great until after the Norman Conquest. The Cathedral was its royal chapel – much as Westminster serves the capital today. Much of England’s early history was based here and twelve English kings are believed to be buried here. It’s a monument to the heritage of England, and one of the most historically significant buildings in Britain.

This summer, Winchester Cathedral launched a spectacular new exhibition Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation. A three-level exhibition space in the South Transept will take you through over 1,000 years of history. You’ll see highlights of some of the nation’s greatest treasures and enjoy awe-inspiring views of the Cathedral.

Morley Library at Winchester Cathedral

There are four exciting galleries to explore:

  • marvel at the Winchester Bible, the largest and finest of all surviving 12th-century English Bibles on the ground floor
  • exploring the 17th-century Morley Library on the Mezzanine level
  • unlock the mysteries of Winchester Cathedral, and
  • discover Winchester’s unique role in shaping early English history on the Triforium level.

Entry to Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation is included with admission to Winchester Cathedral. Please visit the Cathedral website for more information and opening times: winchester-cathedral.org.uk.

West Window interactive display at Winchester Cathedral

Trains to Winchester Cathedral

Getting to the Cathedral couldn't be easier, with regular trains from London Waterloo, Woking, Basingstoke, Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth. Leaving the station, it's just a 12-minute walk through Winchester city centre, or 10 minutes using the King's City 5, Bluestar 1, or number 66 bus routes.