The Lacock Cup: A British Museum Spotlight Tour


The Lacock Cup. Silver, England, 15th centur. Height 35cm: diameter 1.8cm; weight 906g. British Museum 2014,8002.1.

The Lacock Cup: A British Musuem Spotlight Tour
20 January – 8 May 2016
**Extended due to popular demand**
Every Object Tells a Story gallery, Ground Floor

This rare fifteenth century silver-gilt cup, known as the Lacock Cup, is on loan from the British Museum, London and is currently touring selected museums throughout the UK.  The Cup is a stunning piece of craftsmanship, with a dual history. It has been used as both a feasting cup and a holy chalice.

Originally a medieval drinking vessel, it was later used as a chalice by the congregation of St. Cyriac’s church in Lacock, Wiltshire, for over 400 years. These very circumstances have allowed the Lacock Cup to survive the Reformation, the English Civil War and the melting pot.  The Cup was bought by the British Museum in 2013 with support from the Art Fund.

Alongside this rare display on the ground floor within the ‘Every Object Tells a Story’ gallery (adjacent to the shop), Nottingham Castle has chosen three objects from the Musuem’s collection to give some context to the period that the cup was used: a German salt-glazed stoneware jug from 1576 and a silver gilt maidenhead spoon dated 1535,  both of which may have been used at banquets; and one of our rare alabasters from the medieval period that would have been displayed on an altar in a church.

Main-Intro-logosCopies of The Lacock Cup written by Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman and published by British Museum Press will be available to purchase from our shop.


Curator Talk
2pm-3pm, Saturday 13 February
NEMI Room.

Join Lloyd de Beer or Naomi Speakman, curators of the late medieval Europe collection at the British Museum, for an indepth look at the Lacock Cup and its fascinating history, as well as other objects of this period from the Castle’s own collections.

FREE but normal entry fees apply.
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