The  Lindisfarne Gospels

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 finest examples of Medieval creativity and craftsmanship in the world.

The original Lindisfarne Gospel Book


A facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels was on display in the Museum during the month of August 2013 . The original is currently part of an exhibition at the Palace Green Library in Durham.

Unlike the original, however, the facsilile copy is sufficiently durable to be turned over ( carefully, with gloves!) each day, so you could actually see more of the beauty of the Lindisfarne Gospels, closer at hand in Bailiffgate

The Gospels are one of the master works 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 the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The writing of the text and drawing of the illustrations are thought to be the work of one man: Eadfrith, the Bishop of Lindisfarne from 698 to 721.

The facsimile will be accompanied by explanatory text and photographs of other art works of the same period.

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