Lindisfarne Gospels

End of 7th century

End of 7th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2013, the Lindisfarne Gospels came back to the  North of England for the first time in centuries,  displayed in library beside Durham Cathedral which itself is a World Heritage Site and the final resting place of St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne.

The Lindisfarne Gospels book is one of the greatest landmarks of human cultural achievement. Created by the community of St Cuthbert on Lindisfarne it is one of the best examples of creativity and craftsmanship from Medieval times.

The Lindisfarne Gospels Durham exhibition took visitors on a journey of exploration, learning how and why this masterpiece was created, its influence on Medieval Europe and how artistic traditions from Britain and the Mediterranean mainland came together in North East England.

On show in Durham University’s Palace Green Library, were artefacts wrought from precious metals and minerals including gold, amber and silver and stone sculpture alongside medieval manuscripts including the St Cuthbert Gospel and the Durham Gospels.

The centrepiece of the exhibition was the gospel book itself, written in honour of St Cuthbert and displayed alongside his treasures.

The exhibition has now closed and this amazing book is returning to the British Library next to St Pancras Station in London; unfortunately not staying in the region that created it.

Chris Tradgett

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