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.
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.
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.
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.
and how to get tickets
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.
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.
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.
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.
are on sale now priced at £7.50/£6.50 concessions. For more information: www.lindisfarnegospels.com