The coffin of St Cuthbert goes on display in Durham Cathedral

Treasures of St Cuthbert display at Durham Cathedral.
From left Exhibition officer and Curator Marie-Terese Mayne, Cultural Historian Dr Janina Ramirez, The Very Reverend Andrew Tremblett Dean of Durham and Canon Rosalind Brown at Durham Cathedral with St Cuthbert's coffin
Treasures of St Cuthbert display at Durham Cathedral. From left Exhibition officer and Curator Marie-Terese Mayne, Cultural Historian Dr Janina Ramirez, The Very Reverend Andrew Tremblett Dean of Durham and Canon Rosalind Brown at Durham Cathedral with St Cuthbert's coffin
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Some of the world’s most significant Anglo-Saxon artefacts have gone on display in Durham, including the 1,300-year-old coffin of St Cuthbert.

The exhibition at Durham Cathedral, called The Treasures of St Cuthbert, offers an insight into the life of the famous saint.

Treasures of St Cuthbert display at Durham Cathedral.

Treasures of St Cuthbert display at Durham Cathedral.

It includes his wooden coffin, built in 698 and recovered after his tomb was opened in 1827. It still has visible images of Jesus and the apostles on the oak fragments.

On display in Open Treasure, the cathedral’s multi-million pound exhibition experience, the collection also includes a gold and garnet pectoral cross, St Cuthbert’s portable altar and an ivory comb.

The Dean of Durham, Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, said: “The launch of the Treasures of St Cuthbert on permanent display in their new home marks a new phase in the life of Durham Cathedral and its exhibition experience, Open Treasure.

“It is very fitting that the final jewel in the crown of Open Treasure is centred on St Cuthbert, in whose honour Durham Cathedral was built.

Treasures of St Cuthbert display at Durham Cathedral.
Cultural Historian Dr Janina Ramirez and The Very Reverend Andrew Tremblett, Dean of Durham

Treasures of St Cuthbert display at Durham Cathedral. Cultural Historian Dr Janina Ramirez and The Very Reverend Andrew Tremblett, Dean of Durham

“We look forward to welcoming visitors from both near and far who come to enjoy and discover more about his remarkable life and the gospel message his Treasures represent.”

The opening follows a year of environmental monitoring in the Great Kitchen, the area in Durham Cathedral in which The Treasures of St Cuthbert will be housed.

Speaking about the treasures, historian Dr Janina Ramirez said: “At their heart lies a unique individual who was both Anglo-Saxon warrior, and early Christian Bishop whose connection to the North of England means we can walk where he walked, and who is arguably England’s most important saint.

“To see the objects he handled and the treasures that accompanied him, both on his long journey from Lindisfarne to Durham, and from life to death, is to experience some of the finest history our nation has to offer.”

Treasures of St Cuthbert display at Durham Cathedral.

Treasures of St Cuthbert display at Durham Cathedral.

Treasures of St Cuthbert display at Durham Cathedral.
The Very Reverend Andrew Tremblett, Dean of Durham

Treasures of St Cuthbert display at Durham Cathedral. The Very Reverend Andrew Tremblett, Dean of Durham