The Lindisfarne Gospels Durham Exhibition
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 Medieval creativity and craftsmanship.
The Lindisfarne Gospels Durham exhibition presented for the first time the extraordinary full story of the Lindisfarne Gospels, exploring 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.
At the centre of the exhibition in Durham University's Palace Green Library was the gospel book itself, written in honour of St Cuthbert. In addition many fabulous artefacts from Anglo-Saxon England were on show including ornate gold objects from the Staffordshire Hoard, intricately carved stone from Lindisfarne and silver from Hexham, alongside some very special medieval manuscripts such as the St Cuthbert Gospel and the Durham Gospels. These items placed the Lindisfarne Gospels within a wider context of Anglo-Saxon creativity and showed how incredibly complex and elaborate Medieval craftsmanship was.
There were plenty of fun hands-on opportunities for visitors of all ages to experience how and why this beautiful book was created. State-of-the-art digital technology allowed visitors to explore the illuminated decorations of the manuscript by virtually turning its pages.
Inspired by Lindisfarne Gospels Durham theatre productions, exhibitions, concerts, pilgrimages and activities for all the family took place across the North-East region, and no visit to the exhibition was complete without a visit to St Cuthbert's Shrine itself in Durham Cathedral.