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Lindisfarne Gospels: Back in the North East

18 November 2022

Kelvin, Chair of Northumbria u3a's Events Committee, talks about a recent visit to the Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle.

The penultimate u3a 40th Anniversary event organised by the Northumbria u3a Events Committee was at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle – to celebrate the albeit brief return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East.

 The morning and afternoon sessions, attracting the maximum forty attendees from u3as across the region, started in the Function Room with tea/coffee and biscuits provided by Joanne Charlton (Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums). Event Volunteers Sandra Davison and Sheila Hull (u3a Newcastle) welcomed attendees at the u3a Desk. Durham Cathedral Guide, Northumbria u3a Trustee and u3a Seaham Harbour Chair Malcom Wilkinson gave a wonderfully illustrated informative introductory talk about the Gospels.

Then, attendees were able to visit the Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition which is 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 Exhibition begins with a short immersive digital experience and, in addition to the Lindisfarne Gospels, includes a stunning selection of medieval treasures brought together from across Britain, reflecting both personal and collective religious experiences in the 8th century. 

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