Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens
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. This major exhibition follows the storm that threatened these two powerful women as they struggled for control of the British Isles.
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. Find out more
Free exhibition visits for school groups
School and college groups can enjoy exclusive visits slots in the exhibition, exploring key themes and encountering fascinating items on display. These free sessions are led by our Learning Facilitators. Sessions are available Mondays and Tuesdays (10:15) and Thursdays (13:15) in term time, from 1 November 2021 - 10 February 2022.