History expert celebrates legacy of St Cuthbert’s Treasures

Cultural historian, broadcaster and author Dr Janina Ramirez will celebrate the legacy of the Treasures of St Cuthbert with a special event at Durham Cathedral on Saturday, July 29.

The Treasures of St Cuthbert are some of the most significant surviving Anglo-Saxon artefacts in the UK, offering a remarkable insight into the life of St Cuthbert, one of North East England’s best-loved saints.

The Treasures include St Cuthbert’s preserved Anglo-Saxon wooden coffin (the best-preserved example of Pre-Conquest woodwork in the UK), his exquisite gold and garnet pectoral cross, ivory comb, portable altar, and 10th-century embroidered vestments gifted to St Cuthbert’s Shrine.

After 6 years in storage, these exquisite treasures will be going on permanent display in Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral’s world-class exhibition experience, from Saturday, July 29. The Treasures of St Cuthbert will be housed in the spectacular Great Kitchen, one of only two surviving medieval monastic kitchens in the UK.

To celebrate the launch of this landmark exhibition, Dr Janina Ramirez will be visiting Durham Cathedral to speak about the Treasures of St Cuthbert and explain how these precious artefacts contribute towards our understanding of Anglo-Saxon art, culture and religion.

The event will be held in the medieval Chapter House at 11.00am on Saturday, July 29, with tickets available from the Visitor Desk in the Cathedral. Tickets cost £10 (£8 concessions) and advance booking is recommended – call 0191 338 7178 to reserve a place.

All event attendees will also be entitled to 10% discount in Open Treasure on Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30. For Open Treasure opening times and admission prices, please visit www.durhamcathedral.co.uk