Lindisfarne Gospels


Incipit to the Gospel of Matthew. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons.

It is scarcely possible to overstate the importance of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the history of the English speaking world!

The communities of Monks who lived and worked in the North East of England a thousand years ago, have been described as ‘the cradle of Western civilization’. Among their most significant achievements were the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Written in tribute to Saint Cuthbert himself, the Lindisfarne Gospels represent an artistic, linguistic ad scientific body of knowledge which not only recorded the gospel in Latin, but also a later Old English annotation.

“The cultural significance of the Lindisfarne Gospels is nothing less than the roots of how & why we are… Who we are, today!”

Monks writing

For a time the North East of England was the one of the greatest centres of learning, philosophy and scientific inquiry in Europe; second only to possibly Rome. Via the busy sea-borne trade-routes of early Medieval Europe, exotic materials, new ideas and advances in medicine, mathematics and science were making their way to the learned folk of Northumbria!

Dive in to this remarkable heritage and learn more about the incredible history and people of the North East of England!



Let Archaeosoup Productions take you on a fascinating journey into the past with an exciting selection of artefacts and activities!

  • Saxons and Vikings mapTogether, we can explore the life and times of the Saxons and Vikings who settled and lived in the North East after the fall of the Roman Empire.
  • ‘From cow to quill’ – Together, we will examine the work which went in to developing remarkable documents such as the Lindisfarne Gospels.
  • Hear about the incredible artistry and chemical ingenuity employed in the writing, illustrations and colours of the Lindisfarne Gospels.
  • Have a go: See if you learn a little Old English and write your own impressive page!

Learn more about a crucial time in the history of Britain and the vital role the North East of England played in forging the world we know today!

The cultural significance of the Lindisfarne Gospels are nothing short of the roots of how and why we are… Who we are, today!

Lindisfarne Gospels

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