In just three months the Lindisfarne Gospels Durham Exhibition attracted nearly 100,000 visitors.
The exhibition – which has now closed – was held at Durham University’s Palace Green Library, on Durham’s World Heritage Site, and showcased some of the most important items that remain from Anglo Saxon England.
At the centre of the exhibit was the Lindisfarne Gospels – a book that is considered to be ‘one of the greatest landmarks of human cultural achievement.’
It was created by Eadfrith, Bishop of Lindisfarne in honour of St Cuthbert and was last displayed in the region in 2000.
Dr Keith Bartlett, Programme Director for Lindisfarne Gospels Durham, said of the success: “Lindisfarne Gospels Durham has been extremely popular, exceeding all expectations, and Tickemaster’s support in selling almost 100,000 tickets has been invaluable.
It has been a pleasure to welcome visitors from across the world to see some of the most precious items from across the United Kingdom.”
Simon Presswell, managing director of Ticketmaster UK, added: “Everyone at Ticketmaster involved has thoroughly enjoyed working on the project, both fulfilling ticket sales and running the box office on site. We’re thrilled that this has been a huge success for the team at Lindisfarne Gospels Durham as it makes the hard work that goes into something like this well worth it.”