The gospel truth

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The gospel truth

The gospel truth

Posted: 05 Aug 2013

The Lindisfarne Gospels weigh the same as two adult female domestic cats, have three kilometres worth of words and took up to ten years to produce. But when it comes to their value, measurement is almost impossible.

As one of the most important books in the history of Christianity, the gospels are virtually priceless and are usually housed at the British Library in London under strict security.

But as anyone who has recently spent any time in the North East knows, they are now on show in Durham – in many people’s opinion, their rightful home (apart from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, of course) – until 30 September.

A once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of the gospels and other linked historic (but less magnificent) tomes which pre-date it, has been brought together for the first timer. Accompanied by artefacts from the period in which they were written, a wonderful commentary of their history from Professor Richard Gameson, one of the main masterminds behind the exhibition, and an interactive area for youngsters, this is one not to miss.

 

Background and how to get tickets

 

The Lindisfarne Gospels will be the centrepiece of an unmissable exhibition which tells the tale of Saint Cuthbert, and this beautiful manuscript – its creation, its journey and its special symbolism for the people of the North. 

The exhibition has a selection of St Cuthbert’s treasures including his jewelled cross, sapphire ring and travelling altar, alongside the book that was written in his honour. On display will be stunning Anglo-Saxon artefacts from national collections and some of Britain’s most significant medieval manuscripts including the St Cuthbert Gospel and Durham Gospel. 

There are also hands-on opportunities for visitors to discover how medieval manuscripts were created and to use technology to virtually turn the pages of the book to explore the beauty and detail of the book's illuminated pages.

Lindisfarne Gospels Durham will also be the focus of a region-wide celebration of the North’s creative, artistic and spiritual heritage.  A special programme of events and activities is being staged across the North East including art and music, workshops and conferences, pilgrimages and retreats, exhibitions and performances.

The Lindisfarne Gospels and St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe’s oldest surviving bound book, are on loan from the British Library.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £7.50/£6.50 concessions.   For more information: www.lindisfarnegospels.com

 

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