Table for the Nation

Table for the Nation comes to Lincoln Cathedral
A stunning 13-metre-long table, made from ancient, fossilised oak is on display in Lincoln Cathedral.

Created from a section of the nation’s most significant tree, a gigantic 5000-year-old Fenland Black Oak, the table is a masterpiece of craftsmanship. The Table for the Nation was installed on St George’s day, and it will remain in residency at Lincoln Cathedral for a year.


Read more about the Table for the Nation

In 2012, the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, an exceptionally well-preserved section of black oak was found in a field in Norfolk – this became known as the Jubilee Oak. It is thought that the tree would have originally stood more than 55 metres tall, before falling into the peat where it lay undisturbed for 5,000 years.

The Fenland Black Oak project, led by Hamish Low, carefully dried and processed the valuable wood and worked with designers to find the best way to preserve this rare discovery. They chose a table as it allowed the wood to be kept at its full length, and to be viewed in all its glory.

Sponsor a Seat

You can sponsor a seat at the table for £65 for the duration of the table’s visit to the Cathedral.

Sponsorship includes:

  • Recognition of your chosen name on the sponsors board and on the Table page of the Cathedral website for the duration of the installation
  • Early notification of Table events

Please click on the button below to donate and sponsor your seat.

Sponsor a seat for £65

Thank you to our generous seat sponsors:

David Goodridge (Late)
Mr & Mrs David Oliver
Sam Owen
Kate Vickers
Ruth Wilkinson
Matthew Tarling, donated by Kate Vickers
Amber Hardy, donated by Kate Vickers
Lesley Kirrage, donated by Kate Vickers
Samantha Mellows, donated by Kate Vickers
For Cathedral staff, donated by Kate Vickers
For Cathedral volunteers, donated by Kate Vickers
The Suthern Family
MyLocal/The Lincolnite
Retford, Lord of Pleshey
Janet Cooke

What’s on at the Table for the Nation

The Table is a wonderful attraction in its own right. When you visit the Cathedral, you can learn more about the Jubilee Oak, the Fenlands Black Oak Project, and the table itself from the display which accompanies the table.

However, the table has been made to be used, and throughout the year there’ll be events, activities and talks around the table for you to enjoy. See below for details, and don’t forget to check back soon to see what has been added.

May to August
Peace Doves

The beautiful installation is made up of 12,000 paper doves which will be suspended above the Cathedral’s Nave.

The artwork will be on display from 5 September to 14 November 2024. But first we need your help to write messages of peace, love and hope on the doves.

Peace Doves
Friday  7  June, 1pm-3pm
People Planet Pastry

If you’re interested or curious about sustainability, come along to the People, Planet, Pastry event to meet like-minded business owners who are taking action on sustainability. Learn about what is going on locally, share insights on how to overcome barriers and make new friends!

Find out more
Tuesday 25 June, 9.30am-3pm
Lincoln Cathedral Needlework Guild

Come along and see the talented volunteers of the Cathedral Needlework Guild as they work on the new chapter cope. They’ll be happy to chat about how they create these intricate pieces, and will have a selection of their other work on display, including a stock of stoles.

Free with your Cathedral admission

Thursday 11 July, drop-in between 10am-3pm
Sit & stitch

Free with your Cathedral admission

Join Amy from the Fabric Quarter to learn English paper piecing at the Table for the Nation. Fabric will be supplied but you are welcome to bring your own

Available to Hire
Host your event at the Table for the Nation

The beautiful 13 metre table which comfortably seats 48 people is available for private hire.

Designed to be used, this stunning black oak table is perfect for everything from meetings to dinners, either on its own, or as part of larger events.

To learn more about hiring the table, please contact or 01522 561632.

If you are hosting an event at the Table for the Nation, our catering partner Salted Orange can provide a range of food options to suit every event, from grazing menus and canapés to full sit down meals.

Click the link below to look at sample menus.

Take a look at the sample menu
Learn more about
The Fenland Black Oak Project

Uncover the history of the Jubilee Oak, and explore the making of the Table for the Nation

Visit the Fenland Black Oak Project website