Table for the Nation

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

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 will be installed on St George’s day, before being opened to visitors from Wednesday 24 April. It will remain in residency at Lincoln Cathedral for a year.

Sponsor a Seat

You can sponsor a seat at the table for £65. As a thank you, we will invite you to the launch event on Tuesday 23 April 2024. Evensong will start at 5.30pm and lead into the launch reception with drinks and canapés from 6.30pm.

Sponsorship includes:

  • Invitation to the launch event
  • Recognition of your chosen name on a place card at the launch event
  • 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

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.

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 events@lincolncathedral.com or 01522 561632.

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