Last July when I first started this blog, one of the things I wrote about was the British Library’s appeal to raise £9 million to acquire the Cuthbert Gospel for the nation. The Gospel dates back to the seventh century and was produced in North East England. It was on long-term loan to the British Library until its owner decided to sell it. It would have been a great loss for Britain if the book had been sold abroad, but luckily the British Library was able to raise the funds!
The British Library has announced that it has successfully acquired the St Cuthbert Gospel, a miraculously well-preserved 7th century manuscript that is the oldest European book to survive fully intact and therefore one of the world’s most important books.
I am so happy that the British Library will now be able to continue displaying this amazing piece of English and world heritage! I’m also happy that the book will be displayed part of the time in Durham, which is close to the book’s place of origin.
I am also ALSO happy that during the initial conservation assessment of the book, the British Library has digitised the entire manuscript and made the digital images available for scholars and other interested folks around the world.