Leverhulme Artist in Residence - Richard W Hardwick
Durham University’s writer-in-residence, Richard W Hardwick, is calling on local historians to help re-trace St Cuthbert’s final journey.
The momentous seven-year, thousand-mile trek began when the community of St Cuthbert fled Viking invasion in 875 with the body of St Cuthbert, the Lindisfarne Gospels and other treasures and relics.
Mr Hardwick will set off from Lindisfarne on Sunday and visit the 47 places in the community of St Cuthbert took refuge in, arriving in Durham on May 4.
His journey is part of the region’s celebration of the Lindisfarne Gospels going on display in Durham University’s Palace Green Library from 1 July 2013, on loan from the British Library, and in partnership with Durham Cathedral and Durham County Council.
Aided by Durham University students and local historians, Mr Hardwick will write a history of each place from the time of the original journey until the current day.
He said: “Our project has been designed to leave a legacy.”
More information on the project at St Cuthbert's Final Journey