Lindisfarne Gospels bring mystery and history to Sunderland school

John Roxburgh from Durham University with Ryhope CE Primary School pupils Jack Banks, Beth Lewins, Eve Blackburn, Toby Patterson, Georgia Bates and Ryan Carter. The youngsters have been among those from the school learning about the significance of the ancient illuminated manuscripts.
John Roxburgh from Durham University with Ryhope CE Primary School pupils Jack Banks, Beth Lewins, Eve Blackburn, Toby Patterson, Georgia Bates and Ryan Carter. The youngsters have been among those from the school learning about the significance of the ancient illuminated manuscripts.
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MYSTERY and history proved a winning combination for pupils at a Sunderland school.

Young people from St Paul’s Church of England School in Ryhope invited a special visitor to shed some light on historic documents.

John Roxburgh, from Durham University, helped pupils who are studying the significance of ancient illuminated manuscripts.

His visit coincides with the final weekend of the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition in Durham.

More than 95,000 tickets have been sold since the arrival of the manuscripts.

Dr Keith Bartlett, programme director, Lindisfarne Gospels Durham, said: “Demand for tickets has been high throughout, but over the last month ticket sales have significantly increased.

“It seems that many people have delayed buying their tickets until the last minute. “

The partners who staged the exhibition are delighted with its success”.