THE Lindisfane Gospels have been seen by more than 30,000 people since their arrival in Durham.
Visitors from 22 countries have been to the exhibition, which opened in Durham University’s Palace Green Library last month, organisers have said.
Keith Bartlett, director of the Lindisfarne Gospels Durham programme, said: “We are delighted by the universally positive feedback, and there are over 1,000 comments in the visitors’ book, with the words wonderful, excellent, fantastic, interesting and amazing appearing most frequently.
“Tens of thousands more have taken part in events and enjoyed performances at venues around the North East, and the family activities and Lindisfarne Gospels Trail are proving a big hit with our younger visitors.
“There are lots more events planned and plenty of opportunities to see the exhibition.”
More than 48,000 tickets have been sold to see the Gospels, which will be on show in the city until September 30.
The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 10pm.
Tickets are £7.50 for adults, £6.50 for concessions. To book, visit lindisfarnegospels.com
A play commissioned to celebrate the Gospels return to the North East will be performed in Durham Cathedral’s Galilee Chapel on Sunday, from 7pm.
Illumination, written by Donna Worthington, explores the story of St Cuthbert and the Gospels. There will be a debate after the show.
Tickets can be booked at the Gala Theatre box office by calling 332 4041 or visiting galadurham.co.uk.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, there are Mini Lindisfarne Lectures designed for youngsters. At 11am, they can find out how the Gospels were made and why and how cows, squirrels and even bees were involved.
At 1pm, the learning team will explain the meaning of the pictures in the Gospels.
The 3pm lectures recreates the journey taken by the monks and the book and answers the question – why did the Lindisfarne Gospels leave Lindisfarne?