King James Bible Anniversary Exhibition and Lectures

Wednesday, 9 March 2011 - Friday, 15 April 2011
Time: 10am to 4pm daily
Location: Chapter House, Lichfield Cathedral, The Close, Lichfield , Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Organisation: Lichfield Cathedral
Topic: Bible


In the Chapter House from 9th March (Ash Wednesday) to 15th April (just before Passion Sunday), there will be a world-class exhibition of manuscript and early printed Bibles from Lichfield Cathedral’s own historic library, telling the story of the printing of the Bible in English. Visitors will be invited to walk the 200 year journey from Wycliffe to King James I.

The exhibition will include:

  • A Wycliffe New Testament manuscript from about 1410
  • A 1539 first edition Henry VIII ‘Great Bible’
  • A 1540 ‘Great Bible’ including Cranmer’s famous Preface
  • A sixteenth century Geneva Bible
  • A 1611 first edition ‘He’ Bible
  • A 1611 first edition ‘Judas’ Bible

The exhibition, mounted in collaboration with the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service, will feature interpretative materials produced by Sheffield University Department of Biblical Studies, as well as specially produced materials emphasising the work of local people in the translation of the Authorised Version of the Bible.

In association with the exhibition, there will be a series of public lectures on the King James Bible, in the Cathedral Nave at 1pm on the first five Thursdays of Lent.To find out more about each lecture, click the links below:

10th March - The Poetry of the King James’ Version

17th March - The Prose of the King James’ Version and its literary influence

24th March - William Tyndale and the Genius of the ‘King James’ version

31st March - The Making of the King James’ Bible, 1604-1611

7th April - Bible Translation and the Legacy of the King James’ Version

For further details contact Jo Burkinshaw, Education and Outreach Officer at Lichfield Cathedral on 01543 306240 or at

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