The tug-of-war over the Lindisfarne Gospels

The Lindisfarne Gospels are a British national treasure and should be part of the national collection, says the British Library. The Lindisfarne Gospels were written in the North and dedicated to St Cuthbert. They belong in Durham, says the Northumbrian Association. Who will win?

It has taken many years for the British Library to allow the Lindisfarne Gospels to be exhibited in Durham, and now some area experts and politicians believe the book should remain there. Not so, says Keith Bartlett, the Durham exhibition director. "'It is part of our national collection', he says, and should live 'alongside other fabulous works' in the British Library where the greatest number of people can access it in context."