Happy St Cuthbert's Day!

  • 20 March 2012

Today is the feast day of St Cuthbert - the Anglo-Saxon monk regarded as the patron saint of Northern England. Last year we announced that the Art Fund has pledged £250,000 towards the British Library's fundraising campaign to acquire the St Cuthbert Gospel...

The St Cuthbert Gospel © British Library

The St Cuthbert Gospel

Today is the feast day of St Cuthbert – the Anglo-Saxon monk regarded as the patron saint of Northern England. Last year we announced that the Art Fund has pledged £250,000 towards the British Library's fundraising campaign to acquire the St Cuthbert Gospel.

Created in the 7th century and intimately associated with one of Britain’s foremost saints, the Gospel is the earliest surviving intact European book and one of the world’s most significant books.

The British Library is still energetically fundraising for this important acquisition – so in the spirit of St Cuthbert’s Day, why not donate towards the campaign?

About St Cuthbert’s Gospel

A manuscript copy of the Gospel of St John, the St Cuthbert Gospel was produced in the North of England in the late 7th century and was buried alongside St Cuthbert on Lindisfarne, apparently in 698, and later found in the saint’s coffin at Durham Cathedral in 1104. It has a beautifully-worked original red leather binding, and is the only surviving high-status manuscript from this crucial period in British history to retain its original appearance, both inside and out.

Please note that although the Art Fund has awarded this grant and technically the work has been acquired by the British Library, the fundraising campaign continues in earnest.