Northumberland County Council has today welcomed the exciting news that the Lindisfarne Gospels are set to return to the region in autumn 2022.

The world-renowned Lindisfarne Gospels will travel from the British Library in London to the Laing Art Gallery (part of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums) in Newcastle for three months as part of a cultural programme across the North East.

The Gospels were created on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland in the 8th Century and are one of Britain’s greatest artistic treasures.

Cllr Glen Sanderson, Leader of the council, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news for the region and for Northumberland. We fully supported the bid to bring the Gospels back to their home region and the Laing Art Gallery will be a spectacular venue for the exhibition.

“The Gospels hold a special place in the art, heritage and culture of Northumberland. This exhibition will allow residents and visitors to experience this unique opportunity and discover for themselves these wonderful, world-class treasures which celebrate our region’s contribution to the world.

“This exhibition, along with the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall also being celebrated next year, means that 2022 is set to be a very exciting year for Northumberland, making us a must-see destination for visitors.”