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How Wearmouth Saved the West

November 21, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Historian and film maker Michael Wood, who has written about Wearmouth and filmed here, returns to St Peter’s church 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.

Michael Wood is Professor of Public History in Manchester and holds an honorary Doctorate from the University of Sunderland.

This event is part of the ‘Canny Sunderland: Discover the History of Sunderland’ series, by University of Sunderland.

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St Peter's Church

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delphine.doucet@sunderland.ac.uk

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Historian and film maker Michael Wood looks at the role of Wearmouth and Jarrow in Anglo-Saxon civilisation and in Europe’s first Renaissance. With images of some of the key manuscripts made at St Peter’s , including the Codex Amiatinus.
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Yes
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Canny Sunderland: discover the history Sunderland
Contact email address
delphine.doucet@sunderland.ac.uk
Event partners
St Peter's Church
Region
North East
City/town
Sunderland
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https://monkwearmouthcofe.com/st-peters
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Maya Vision International

Venue

St Peter’s Church
St Peter's Way
Sunderland, North East SR6 0DY United Kingdom
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Accessibility information
https://monkwearmouthcofe.com/st-peters
Phone:
0191 516 0135
Website:
https://www.stpeters-wearmouth.org.uk/