Fascimile Gospels on display in Alnwick

Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island launches its event programme celebrating the gospels.
Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island launches its event programme celebrating the gospels.

Visitors to a north Northumberland museum will get the chance to see a facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels this month and see more than with the real thing.

The facsimile will be on display in the Bailiffgate Museum, in Alnwick, during August, while the original is part of an exhibition in Durham. It will be accompanied by explanatory text and photographs of some other artworks of the same period.

Unlike the original, however, the facsimile copy is sufficiently durable to be turned over (carefully, with gloves) each day; so you can actually see more of the beauty of the Lindisfarne Gospels, closer at hand.

In addition, the Embroiderers’ Guild are displaying some of their exquisite textile work, featuring designs inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels.

These have previously been exhibited in Durham Cathedral and the museum is exceptionally lucky to be exhibiting them at the same time as the Gospels.

The facsimile of the Gospels will be on display in Bailiffgate Museum until Wednesday, August 28. The Embroiderers’ Guild display lasts till Sunday, August 25.

Jane Mann, a trustee of Bailiffgate Museum, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity for the people of Alnwick district to see the gospels without having to travel to Durham.

“They are also able to enjoy more of their beauty as well, because we can show different pages each day.

“The embroidery work is also a must-see treat.

“To make this even easier, we are running a special offer.

“Become a Friend of the Museum for just £5 and you can come to see the Gospels as many times as you like in the month.

“You can also bring someone else as a guest with you for no charge and come to all the other special Friends events between now and next April.”

For full details of the Lindisfarne Gospels event and the special £5 offer, visit the museum or its website – www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk

The Lindisfarne Gospels book is one of the outstanding masterworks of the Anglo-Saxon period.

Containing the text of the four gospels, and illustrated in the new vigorous style of the early eighth century, they were created at the monastery on Holy Island.