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      Being Human Festival - HOW WEARMOUTH SAVED THE WEST The Northumbrian Golden Age in Sunderland


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      November 21, 2019

      Thursday  12:30 PM

      St Peter's Way
      Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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      Being Human Festival - HOW WEARMOUTH SAVED THE WEST The Northumbrian Golden Age

      Historian and film maker Michael Wood,  who has written  about Wearmouth and filmed here,  returns to St Peters to look at the golden age of Northumbrian culture.  Founded in  674-5  and still a living church today, in the  7th and 8th centuries Wearmouth was one of the powerhouses of  Anglo-Saxon  civilisation,, its library and scriptorium the envy of Europe. Among the great manuscripts written and illuminated here, and in its sister house of Jarrow,  was the greatest of all Latin bibles, the Codex Amiatinus which this year came back to  Britain for the first time since 716, for a blockbuster exhibition at the British Library. In this talk Michael , who was on the committee  which planned the exhibition over five years, will reflect  on why  Wearmouth, and Jarrow  are  so important in our history, and why their legacy still matters today. Professor of  Public History in Manchester, Michael holds an honorary Doctorate from  the University of Sunderland. 

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