The Lindisfarne Gospels, return to North East
Fri 27th April 2012
The Lindisfarne Gospels are set to return to the North East, their spiritual home, for a three-month visit next year from the 7th July to the 30th September 2013.
The British Library agreed to the loan late last week and the timing will coincide with Durham's bid to be named the UK's city of culture.
The decision comes after years of local campaigning for the Gospels, widely-regarded as one of the world's most important historical treasures, to make a permanent return to the North-East, a move long resisted by the British Library over fears about their conservation as any natural light will damage them.
It is thought that the Lindisfarne Gospels will be displayed within Durham's World Heritage Site, which is shared by the University and Cathedral and is already home to one of the world's great collections of medieval manuscripts and treasures together with the relics of St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede.
200,000 visitors went to see the Gospels in 2000 when they were displayed at the Laing Gallery, in Newcastle, the last time they were in the region.
It is great news for the region and with the Gospels being here for the summer period it is sure te boost visitor numbers.