Uniting the Kingdoms?

How did the inhabitants of the island of Britain think of themselves in the five and a half centuries between 1066 and 1603? Did they see themselves as British, or as English, Scottish or Welsh? Or was a local identity more important? And what did English dominance mean for Ireland and France, which had never been part of Britain?

This exhibition looks at how the governments and people of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and of England’s French territories, interacted in politics, warfare, religion, trade and everyday life. We hope it will give you insights into the events and forces that influenced ideas of identity, loyalty and nationhood.

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