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22 January 2013     
NewsFlash | Lindisfarne Gospels : Call for Community Volunteers | TAS Website     

Teesside Archaeological Society | NewsFlash

Dear TAS Members and Friends,

Here's a great and unique opportunity to get involved in the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East of England this summer! Please spread the word too.

Lindisfarne Gospels and Beyond |

Learning Across the Region

Volunteers are being sought to work with their local museum on Lindisfarne Gospels related activities to help celebrate the exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham this summer.

On 1 July, this precious manuscript will go on show in a must-see exhibition in Durham University’s Palace Green Library.

Lindisfarne Gospels Durham will tell the fascinating story of the North’s most famous saint, St Cuthbert and the one of the world’s greatest books. The exhibition will also be the focus of a celebration of the region’s rich cultural heritage and museums across the region will be staging Lindisfarne Gospels inspired events and activities throughout 2013 and would welcome the help and support of their local communities.

This is a great opportunity for people to really see what their local museum does and become a part of this huge regional celebration. The Lindisfarne Gospels are such a significant part of North East history, and museums across the region would welcome volunteers to make their planned activities and events extra special.

What's required

All that is required of volunteers is enthusiasm, as full training will be given about the history of the Lindisfarne Gospels, as well as communication skills and more. Traveling expenses will also be covered for this training. You must be based in the north-east of England.

Housed in new world-class facilities, in the heart of Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the exhibition, which will run from 1 July until 30 September 2013 will explain exactly how and why this masterpiece was created. Visitors will be able to see some of Britain’s most significant medieval manuscripts displayed alongside stunning Anglo-Saxon treasures drawn from national collections as well as those of Durham Cathedral and Durham University. The exhibition will offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to view a selection of St Cuthbert’s treasures, including his jewelled cross, sapphire ring and traveling altar, alongside the book that was written in his honour.

Lindisfarne Gospels Durham is part of a partnership between Durham University, Durham Cathedral, Durham County Council and the British Library. The Lindisfarne Gospels and the St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe’s oldest surviving bound book will be on loan from the British Library.

How to get involved

If you’d like to join your local museum and become an integral part of the Lindisfarne Gospels celebration in 2013 please email for the attention of Kirsty McCarrison (Project Officer), by Feb 1st. Please include some basic information about yourself such as location and if you would like to, any information about your background and interests which you think may be relevant.

Details will then be forwarded to your closest participating museum and successful applicants contacted later in February.

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Best Regards,

Spencer Carter | TAS eCommunications | Twitter @microburin
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