Queens. Cousins. Rivals.
★★★★★ – The Times
Step back into a dangerous world of plots, espionage and treachery to explore the turbulent relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots in their own words.
In an England and Scotland engulfed in religious turmoil and with civil wars raging on the continent, this major exhibition follows the storm that threatened these two powerful women as they struggled for control of the British Isles.
They never met but their fates were intertwined. From their shared beginnings, facing the challenge of ruling in a man’s world, feel the tension escalate as handwritten letters between the queens show how paranoia turned sisterly affection to suspicion.
With the threat of conspiracy ever present, communications written in code reveal how Elizabeth used a network of spies to trap and destroy her rival, bringing the dramatic story to a swift and bloody conclusion.
Encounter some of the Library’s most exceptional 16th-century manuscripts and printed works on display: Elizabeth’s stirring ‘heart and stomach of a king’ speech; the papal bull excommunicating Elizabeth; Mary’s 10-page plea for freedom.
These sit alongside haunting objects which reveal the complex story behind the two queens’ reigns. Tales of imprisonment and escape. Elizabeth’s speech to Parliament on her cousin’s fate. Eye-witness accounts of Mary’s execution.
Enter the dark side of the 16th century. Meet the real Elizabeth and Mary.
Sponsored by The Sir John Ritblat Family Foundation.
With thanks to the John S Cohen Foundation, and all supporters who wish to remain anonymous.
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Prices and concessions
For the best price book in advance for £2 off your ticket. Pre-booking your visit helps us manage our capacity and offer the best possible visitor experience by keeping you updated with information before your visit.
We want as many people as possible to have the chance to see our exhibitions so, like many other museums and galleries, we’re offering discounts to those more able to visit outside of our most in-demand days, helping to increase our capacity during our busiest periods for those who can’t.
Half price concessions for young people (18-25), full time students, seniors (60+) and registered unemployed are available for all our ticketed exhibitions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, outside of school and bank holidays.
Half price concessions for children and those with a disability are available for all days and timeslots, and under 12s go free.
Free carer tickets are available by contacting the Box Office on 01937 546546.
Please note you may be asked for proof of concession on arrival.
|Name:||Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens|
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Full Price: £16.00
Registered Unemployed: £7.00
National Art Pass Senior: £8.00
Child (0-11) : £0.00
Child (12-17): £3.50
National Art Pass: £9.00
Reciprocal Entry (NMDC): £0.00
Senior (60+): £8.00
Young Person (18-25): £7.00
A voluntary donation can be added over the regular ticket price. You will be helping the Library to conserve and share its collection. If you are a UK tax-payer and ‘Gift Aid’ your donation, the Library can reclaim the tax you have paid.
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