The 7th century Anglo-Saxon St Cuthbert Gospel
 
Writing in The Northern Echo today, Mark Tallentire reports that –
 
EUROPE’S oldest surviving book is to return to its North-East home, it is announced today. The St Cuthbert Gospel will be exhibited at Durham University and the British Library, in London, after a £9m fundraising campaign to buy the 7th Century treasure ended in success. The Latin manuscript of John’s Gospel, formerly known as the Stonyhurst Gospel, was created in the North-East, buried with St Cuthbert on Lindisfarne in 698AD and found in his coffin in Durham Cathedral in 1104.
 
Its £9m fee includes a £4.5m grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, large gifts from the Art Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Foyle Foundation, significant donations from charitable trusts, foundations and wealthy individuals and contributions from members of the public.
 
Full article here.
See also our earlier feature here.