Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bring Gospels Back to Their Natural Home, Says Bishop; Commitment to Campaign Is Renewed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bring Gospels Back to Their Natural Home, Says Bishop; Commitment to Campaign Is Renewed

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Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent

THE Bishop of Durham has backed calls for the Lindisfarne Gospels to be permanently moved back to their "natural home".

Campaigners are to meet in the next few weeks to go over plans to house the disputed book in Durham when it returns for a three month loan in 2010.

British Library board members decided last week the region would be allowed a limited loan every seven years, a policy which has sparked anger among the region's arts fans and tourism groups.

Library staff have said it is up to the North East to decide where the Gospels will be housed, although there will be strict criteria against which any potential location is checked.

And, as campaigners vow to continue the push for a permanent Gospel move, more and more voices have lent their support.

The Rt Rev Tom Wright, the Bishop of Durham, has renewed his commitment to the Gospels campaign.

He said: "I am very pleased that the British Library has in principle agreed that the Gospels may be displayed elsewhere, and that this will mean that they can come to their proper and natural 'home' at least sometimes.

"Like many in the North East, I see this as a step in the right direction and we look forward to continuing the discussion with the British Library about longer-term plans."

Durham Cathedral is thought to be the front-runner for the region's bid to display the Gospels when the Library loans them out, in large part due to the Gospels historic links to St Cuthbert.

The Lindisfarne Gospels were written in the saint's honour and were kept alongside his remains for more than 600 years. …

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