Bede’s World Museum, Church Bank, Jarrow
12noon, 25 October
A talk by Dennis Riley about Anglo-Saxon Tools. Dennis Riley is a well-respected author and has published a book on Anglo-Saxon Tools. He tells us ‘the tools used in Anglo-Saxon England were much like those found elsewhere in Europe at that time. They have been found in graves and buried tool-hoards. Others seem to be accidental losses or to have been discarded due to wear or damage. Most are surprisingly like those in use today.’
Bede’s World, Jarrow
Bede’s World is hosting Banners of the North – an array of medieval treasures, on loan from the British Museum – which highlight how the area changed following the invasion of William the Conqueror.
Among them are a 15th century gold signet ring, believed to have belonged to the Percy family during the Wars of the Roses, a gold pendant depicting St George slaying the dragon and the magical St George Amulet ring.
Following the lecture by Richard Gameson at Bede’s World on 21st June, there will be refreshments and an inaugural meeting for the Friends of the World of Bede. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 17th June.
The world’s only full-sized replica of the Codex Amiatinus goes on show at Bede’s World from this Sunday 18th May. Come along and marvel at this copy of one of the most impressive manuscripts of medieval times.
The Codex Amiatinus is the lost masterpiece of Bede’s Wearmouth–Jarrow monastery scriptorium. Benedict Biscop, founder of the monastery, travelled to Rome six times during his life, bringing back relics, treasures and books to build his monastery into the powerhouse of learning it became. The Codex was inspired by one of these books, the community ….. creating one of the most impressive of all medieval manuscripts. It was intended to be a present for the Pope. This huge bible is now the oldest complete Latin bible in the world. The original is in the Laurentian Library in Florence, but is too fragile to travel, and we are lucky to be lent the only full-size replica.
The replica has been lent by the abbey of San Salvatore on Monte Amiata, Tuscany, which was home to the Codex Amiatinus for a thousand years. (It is displayed with an explanatory panel designed by our Publicity Officer Christina Unwin and our Hon. Vice President Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp.)
THE 57th JARROW LECTURE at St Paul’s Church, Church Bank, Jarrow. NE32 EDZ
The sign of Jonah: theology and scripture in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History
A lecture by Dr Jennifer O’Reilly (University College, Cork) on Friday 23 May at 7.30pm
Lecture at Bede’s World, Jarrow
25th January 12noon
Our 2014 lecture series begins with Max Adams, critically acclaimed biographer, archaeologist, traveller and writing coach. Max will be talking about his latest book The King in the North which is a thrilling account of the life of Oswald Whiteblade, King of Northumbria (634-42) and one of the most influential and colourful characters in early English history.
Usual admission prices apply. (The museum is opening especially for this event.)
For detail: http://www.bedesworld.co.uk/
Although Bede’s World Museum is closed until 1st Feb, they are opening it specially on 25th Jan for the first lecture in their 2014 series, by Max Adams on The King in the North (Oswald of Northumbria), at 12.00. The cafe will also be open. Normal museum admissions costs apply, or free for members of Bede’s World Club.