DURHAM University bosses are celebrating after scooping a £487,000 lottery pay-out.
The university has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Lindisfarne Gospels Durham 2013 and Beyond project, which will allow the programme of activities planned around the up-coming visit of the Gospels to be extended and expanded.
The exhibition, hosted by the university in partnership with Durham Cathedral, Durham County Council and the British Library, brings together many objects found in St Cuthbert’s tomb, as well as manuscripts and precious artefacts on loan from national organisations.
The exhibition Lindisfarne Gospels Durham will be accompanied by a region-wide festival to connect as many people as possible to the story of the Gospels and their journey from Holy Island to Durham.
University vice-chancellor Prof Chris Higgins said: “The Lindisfarne Gospels is one of the most remarkable books and has a uniquely important place in the art, culture and Christian heritage of the North East.
“It will be the first time since 1104 that the St Cuthbert Gospel, the Lindisfarne Gospels and the relics of St Cuthbert will all be brought together in a single place.”
Dr Keith Bartlett, Lindisfarne Gospels programme director said: “Lindisfarne Gospels Durham will be at the heart of a North East-wide celebration of the region’s cultural heritage.”
He added: “The project aims to provide opportunities for everyone across the North East to learn about our most famous saint St Cuthbert and the creation and importance of this awe-inspiring manuscript.”
Ivor Crowther is head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North East. He said “We are delighted to be supporting Durham University and their plans to create an exciting learning and volunteering programme around the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition happening this summer.
“Local people and visitors alike will now have a fantastic chance to explore, interact with and enjoy the rich history of the Gospels, their journey from Holy Island to Durham and the hugely significant role they have played in the North East’s Christian heritage.”
For information or to purchase tickets go to: www.lindisfarnegospels.com.