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A SERIES of events are being held to mark the national Heritage Open Days.

The Twin Monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow was centred on St Paul’s Church and monastic site in Jarrow and St Peter’s Church and monastic site in Sunderland and was one of the most important cultural centres of Europe in the 7th century.

In Sunderland, St Peter’s Church is hosting an exhibition focusing on the hidden history of the church this wekeend.

There will also be a chalk-in on Saturday, from 10.30pm to 2.30pm, which will give visitors the chance to colour in large chalk artwork based on manuscripts on the pavement outside the church.

At Sunderland City Library and Arts Centre, there will be the chance to explore a replica of the oldest surviving one-volume Latin Bible in the world, the Codex Amiatinus.

The Bible was made at Wearmouth-Jarrow and can be handled between 10.30pm and 11.30pm on Saturday.

Booking is essential on 553 2000.

Visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk for information.