Museum chiefs in talks over Gospels

REGIONAL museum chiefs have held “constructive” talks with the British Library over the future of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

REGIONAL museum chiefs have held “constructive” talks with the British Library over the future of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Discussions focused on a review of the condition of the Gospels – which are held by the British Library in London – and the suitability of the manuscript to be loaned to the North-East and put on display.

The talks follow growing demands for the Seventh Century Gospels to be returned to the region after being originally taken from Durham Cathedral by Henry VIII before ending up in the British Library in London.

The British Library board has also previously agreed a review of the condition of the Gospels by an independent group of experts, and it and the Tyne and Wear Museums (TWM) have committed themselves to work more closely together.

During the meeting the two sides also discussed the potential for other exhibition loans from the British Library.

In a joint statement, Library chief executive Lynne Brindley and TWM director Alec Coles said an independent review by international experts – including from the North-East – was the right way forward.

The review is expected to start in the autumn.

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