9 March – 29 March

Carlisle’s Dormont Book to feature in a new exhibition comparing life in Modern and Tudor Carlisle.

Life, Laws and Legacies is the final project in ‘THe Shed’ gallery. It will be displayed from the 9th to the 29th of March at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

The Dormont Book is an incredibly important document in the city’s history. Written in 1561 it was a working record of the city; including oaths of officials, deeds, and bye laws for Carlisle, which probably have earlier origins.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to view the original Dormont Book, which will be displayed in Tullie House Museum for the first time, with the kind permission of Carlisle Archive Centre and Carlisle City Council.

Visitors can watch as the exhibition is installed on Monday 9th, and will have the chance throughout the exhibition to participate in a local history project with a 450 year twist!

By reading a selection of the bye laws for Carlisle in 1561, which feature in the Dormont Book, you can contribute their thoughts and stories both in the exhibition, on twitter using #Lifelawsandlegacies and online at the exhibition WordPress site: https://thedormontbook.wordpress.com/

Is life as a modern Carlisle citizen the same as in Tudor Carlisle? What do the laws tell us about living and working in the Tudor city?

Are we just Terribly Modern Tudors? You decide!

Eloise Stott, Project Leader said:

“This is a great opportunity to explore local history from a different perspective. The Carlisle Archives Centre holds a wealth of treasures available to be viewed by visitors, and it is very exciting to collaborate with them to present the original book, and allow visitors to explore the life, laws and legacies of their Tudor ancestors.

The laws range from the practical to the ridiculous from a modern perspective, but the real lives and concerns of Carlisle people over 450 years ago are still very connected with the experiences of modern residents. We are excited to find out what visitors think”.

Edwin Rutherford, Curator of Social History at Tullie House said:

“This is an exciting project that examines the evolution of civic history and identity in Carlisle through experimental methodology. It is a major coup for the museum to loan the Dormont Book that has shaped city life for so many of Carlisle's Citizens. This display will certainly make people think about Carlisle society.”


For more information please contact Eloise Stott – Project Leader at eloise.stott@tulliehouse.org

M Wiggins


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