Two of the best known and most important manuscripts in the Parker collection are about to go on display in the forthcoming Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition at Durham. The exhibition, which opens on 1st July and runs until 30 September, is in the newly refurbished Palace Green Library. On show will be artefacts and manuscripts from, amongst others, the Parker Library, the British Library, National Museum of Scotland, and, of course, Durham Cathedral.
The exhibition explores why the Lindisfarne Gospels was made and follows it’s path from Lindisfarne to Durham, via Chester-le-Street. The St Cuthbert Gospel, which resided in St Cuthbert’s tomb in Durham Cathedral for 400 years, is also on display. After a fundraising campaign, the manuscript was bought for the nation by the British Library in April 2012.
On loan from the Parker Library are the Northumbrian Gospels written in the eighth century, possibly in Lindisfarne; and Bede’s Life of St Cuthbert, a ninth-century manuscript, almost certainly from Durham Priory.
The exhibition runs from 1st July – 30th September, daily from 10.00am – 10.00pm; tickets can be bought on line or in person from Palace Green Library.