Birthplace of a remarkable book

Keith Bartlett with a facsimile copy of the gospels at Lindisfarne Priory.

Keith Bartlett with a facsimile copy of the gospels at Lindisfarne Priory.

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The director of this year’s visit of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East recently visited the original birthplace of the book to mark the important role Lindisfarne Priory will play in the region’s celebrations this summer.

The Lindisfarne Gospels book is one of the greatest landmarks of human cultural achievement and it will be exhibited at Durham University’s Palace Green Library from July 1 to September 30.

Keith Bartlett, programme director of Lindisfarne Gospels Durham, said: “Don’t just focus on Durham though, the whole region is celebrating the book’s visit this summer with fantastic events – some attractions, like Lindisfarne Priory, are well worth a visit for those who want to discover more about the heritage of the Gospels.

“English Heritage’s magnificent Priory, located on Northumberland’s breath-taking Holy Island, was the home of St Cuthbert in whose honour the Lindisfarne Gospels was written. I strongly recommend visitors make the trip up the scenic Northumberland coast to the priory, particularly to see one of their Lindisfarne Gospels-inspired events including Gospels on the Grass and The Making of the Gospels.”

Some of the Gospels-related highlights at Lindisfarne Priory this summer include a magnificent piece of outdoor land art, Gospels on the Grass, in situ from June 28 to July 7.

A costumed medieval monk will tell stories and tales from the time of the Gospels creation on June 29 and 30, and English Heritage will demonstrate the skills and craftsmanship that went into carefully constructing the Gospels at an event entitled The Making of the Gospels on July 27 and 28.