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A copy of The Four Gospels, generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection is to be included as one of the key exhibits at the forthcoming Lettering Exhibition which takes place next month at Ely Cathedral. Printed on hand-made paper with wood-engraved illustrations, this striking volume is one of the most famous works by British printmaker Eric Gill.

Other noticeable exhibits are a 12th Century hand written manuscript, the Liber Eliensis, which covers in detail the founding of the abbey at Ely in 673 until the mid 12th century, and incorporates numerous documents and stories of saint's lives. It was supposedly written by the monks when Ely was still an Abbey. Another historical exhibit is a Royal Charter of Henry VIII in the form of a Grant to re-found the Cathedral and is dated 1541.Both items are on rare display and are from the Cathedral's own collection.

More contemporary exhibits willinclude rarely seen and privately owned documents and print samples by the William Morris, the Kindersley Workshop and the most famous of the private presses, the Kelmscott Press. Many of today's leading craftsmen in the art of calligraphy, letter carving and fine printing will also have their work on display making it one of the most unique exhibitions of its kind. There will be plenty to see and do for families including a working press and children's workshops.

Duncan Robinson, former director of the Fitzwilliam Museum and Chairman of the Henry Moore Foundation, has been instrumental in working with the Cathedral to bring this distinctive collection together under one roof. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see some of the finest examples of the art of lettering as it is practised today and to do so in the context of a cathedral church which is rich in script and inscriptions spanning nine centuries of worship and commemoration.

'In the Beginning was the Word' is taking place in The Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral between 4 - 28 February inclusive. Information about the event, the accompanying lectures and specialist workshops can be found here.


Lesley Ann Thompson, Director of Communications - 07930 918885

For further information including dates and times or the lectures and workshops contact gro/lardehtacyle//gnitekram

The Royal Collection, one of the world's greatest art collections, is held in trust by The Queen for her successors and the nation. The Collection is administered by the Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of the Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection and the promotion of public access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities. For more information visit