Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rare Texts to Go on Show for Heritage Anniversary

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rare Texts to Go on Show for Heritage Anniversary

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Byline: Tony Henderson Reporter

DURHAM will celebrate the 30th anniversary of winning world heritage site status this weekend.

Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and the Palace Green buildings between them were inscribed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1986 - one of the first in the UK to receive the accolade.

This weekend the cathedral and Durham University will hold a twoday conference to mark the event. And to add to the celebrations, Durham Cathedral is offering visitors a rare opportunity tomorrow to see a selection of early printed books and manuscripts from its internationally renowned collection. Visitors can view and learn about a selection of early works which highlight Durham's importance as a site of pilgrimage, architectural quality and learning.

The items in the Durham Cathedral collection shed a unique light on the heritage site's Items on display will include a first critical edition of Bede's Ecclesiastical History dating from 1772. The engraved frontispiece of this work also features a depiction of the original medieval Rose Window at Durham Cathedral before it was history Jane Gibson destroyed.

Other highlights include Billings's Architectural Illustrations and Descriptions of the Cathedral Church at Durham from 1843, and the author's own proof copy of Hutchinson's The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham from 1785-94.

Also on show will be a magnificent facsimile edition of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Durham world heritage site coordinator Jane Gibson said: "Durham Cathedral is a magnificent and important part of our world heritage site, so we are thrilled to be able to join with them to host this event as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations.

"We are delighted that visitors will be able to get up close to some of the incredible items in the Cathedral collection, which shed a unique light on the history of the world heritage site. …

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