BROADCASTER Jeremy Vine returned to his former university city for a rare glimpse of the Magna Carta.
The BBC presenter viewed the document as part of a project to throw the spotlight on to Durham Cathedral’s often hidden historical gems.
Open Treasure is a multi-million pound project to transform the visitor experience at the cathedral.
“Being able to view the Magna Carta is completely mind-blowing,” said the journalist. “What’s interesting is that the police are here today because it’s not displayed properly yet – it just goes to show how valuable it is.”
He added: “I didn’t even realise it was here, which is why this project is important, to open up items such as this to the public.”
Many artworks, manuscripts and carved stones that date as far back as the Anglo-Saxon period remain hidden in storage at the cathedral as it doesn’t yet have the suitable space and conditions to display them.
More than £10million is being ploughed into Open Treasures, which Jeremy is championing, to change that.
“I think it’s the most beautiful building in the world,” said Jeremy. “More beautiful than the Taj Mahal. So many people in the North East see the cathedral from a distance, from the train, but I hope this project will bring them inside.”