The Lindisfarne Gospels, the most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England, are on display at the Laing Art Gallery from 17 September to 3 December 2022, on loan from the British Library.
The Lindisfarne Gospels has long been acclaimed as the most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England. It is a copy of the four Gospels, the biblical books recounting the life of Christ, along with the associated texts that typically form part of Gospel-books, such as chapter lists and letters written by St Jerome (d. 420).
The Lindisfarne Gospels will feature in a contemporary exhibition about its meaning in the world today and its relationship with themes of personal, regional and national identity.
Created on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the book represents the golden age of design and craftsmanship in Northumbria and has survived in almost perfect condition for over one thousand years.
The British Library, http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=cotton_ms_nero_d_iv.
The Lindisfarne Gospels will be accompanied by an exhibition about its meaning in the world today and exploring its relationship with themes of personal, regional and national identity in the Laing Art Gallery itself. The exhibition includes an immersive digital experience and includes a selection of early medieval treasures brought together from across the UK, while there is a new film by Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller.
There is a programme of events throughout the North East to accompany the Gospels’ time in the region with events in Durham, Northumberland, Sunderland and South Tyneside, and of course at the place the books were produced: The Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
You can find out more about the related events on the Laing Art Gallery website.
Although entrance to the Laing Art Gallery is free, you will need a paid ticket to get access to the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition. Prices vary at peak and off-peak times. To book you your tickets, please visit the Laing Art Gallery Website.