HUNDREDS of visitors from across the globe flocked to Durham as the Lindisfarne Gospels finally went on show.
After a 26-year absence the historic book is back in the North East.
People made a pilgrimage yesterday to Durham University’s Palace Green Library to see for themselves.
Susan Samuel, 58, of West Auckland, said: “The exhibition was excellent, really good. If anything, there just wasn’t enough time to get through it all.”
The exhibition features St Cuthbert’s own personal treasures which were paired with the Gospels for the first time in 500 years, and for the first time presents the extraordinary full story of the Lindisfarne Gospels.
Professor Chris Higgins, the university’s vice-chancellor 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.
“Bringing together this amazing collection of artefacts and manuscripts alongside the extensive outreach programme for school children is one of the most important things Durham, a leading global university, can do to celebrate and promote the North East of England in which we are embedded.”
Organisers expect 10,000 to visit the gospels during their stay in the region.
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.
Ticketholders have been told they should arrive at the exhibition about 15 minutes before the time stated on their ticket.
For tickets, log onto lindisfarnegospels.com or call Ticketline 0844 248 2013.
The display will remain in Durham until September 30, 10am till 10pm seven days-a-week before returning to the British Library in London.