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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

Thinking Inside and Outside the Box; New Perspectives on the Relics of St Cuthbert and the St Cuthbert Gospel

21st October 2014, 17:30, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Dr Eric Cambridge, Durham University

followed by a drinks reception in the Cafe, Palace Green Library.

This lecture is now fully booked. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list email: 

This is a joint seminar offered by IMEMS and Palace Green Library to complement the exhibition Bound to Last: Book Binding from the Middle Ages to the Modern Day. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the exhibition.

Abstract: The relics of St Cuthbert, and particularly the objects believed to have been deposited with the saint when his relics were enshrined in 698 (which include the St Cuthbert Gospel), are often regarded as one of the few fixed points in the chronology of Insular Art. This paper will query how secure this assumption is by approaching the relics as an archaeological deposit. It will look at the comparative contexts of some of the objects themselves and will explore alternative ways in which this unique collection of objects might have come together inside St Cuthbert’s coffin.

Eric Cambridge is a freelance editor and author who has written extensively on the history of the Community of St Cuthbert and its buildings.

Bound to Last: Book Binding from the Middle Ages to the Modern Day

Palace Green Library, History of the Book Gallery

4th October 2014 – 4th January 2015

Explore the history of bookbinding through a range of incredible books.

Discover how books are put together, just how recent the ‘ready-bound’ book really is, and how vast a range of circumstances can be reflected in a binding. Drawing mainly from the Palace Green Library’s collections, the exhibition also features unique bindings loaned by other libraries. At the centre will be the oldest book in Western Europe to survive in its original binding – the St Cuthbert Gospel – on loan from the British Library.

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