The St Cuthbert Gospel

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As the national library of the UK, the British Library plays an essential role in safeguarding the nation’s heritage. We can do this by acquiring key items of national importance.

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make our biggest ever heritage acquisition – the seventh-century St Cuthbert Gospel. Retaining its exquisite original red leather binding and surviving intact, this is truly one of the most important books in the world and the starting point for books as we know them today.

Please help us acquire this exceptional example of Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship.

Hear Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library, talk about the campaign to acquire the St Cuthbert Gospel.

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For over 20 years I've used the wide resources of the British Library, especially when researching. Respect!

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I first became interested in the early Anglo Saxon church in Northumbria whilst on holiday in the area and visiting Lindisfarne. Since then I studied Anglo Saxon England in my final year of a history and archaeology degree at Nottingham as a mature student. As a Christian I have led a church trip to Lindisfarne, visited other areas connected with him, and am off to Lindisfarne yet again soon. To save this amazing book that belonged to St Cuthbert is of vital importance to the nation and especially to me.

Elisabeth Titley