THERE are only two more days until the historic Lindisfarne Gospels go on display in Durham City.
From Monday morning the gospels and Cuthbert’s treasures will be together for the first time in 500 years, in History of the Book Gallery at Durham University’s Palace Green building.
On loan from the British Library, the gospels are expected to draw thousands of visitors over the next three months.
Durham University’s vice-chancellor Professor Chris Higgins, who is also chairman of the Lindisfarne Gospels Programme Board, said: “This remarkable book is one of the great landmarks of human cultural achievement and has a uniquely important place in the art, scholarship, culture and Christian heritage of the North East.
“We are extremely proud to be hosting this exhibition with the British Library, Durham County Council and Durham Cathedral.
“Bringing together this amazing collection of artifacts and manuscripts alongside the extensive outreach programme for school children, is one the most important things Durham, a leading global university, can do to celebrate and promote the North East in which we are embedded.”
Chief executive of the British Library, Roly Keating, said: “Lindisfarne Gospels Durham is set to be a unique celebration of one of the world’s great heritage treasures.
“Even after 1,300 years, the Lindisfarne Gospels and the St Cuthbert Gospel retain the power to inspire wonder and awe, and the library is pleased that so many people will have the opportunity to appreciate the beauty and artistry of these precious manuscripts.”
The exhibition costs £7.50 to view, although there are concessions for under 16s and over 60s.
Tickets are timed and dated and organisers recommend booking in advance to be sure of securing the slot and day visitors want, although some tickets will be available for each day from the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre and Waterstones Academic bookstore in Durham.
The exhibition is open from 10am to 10pm, seven days a week until September 30.
Ticketholders have been told they should arrive at the exhibition about 15 minutes before the time stated on their ticket.