Anglo Saxon life

Chloe Milne(right) and classmates practice their caligraphy skills.
Chloe Milne(right) and classmates practice their caligraphy skills.

SCHOOLCHILDREN took a step back in time when they spent a day learning about the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Youngsters at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Primary School in Billingham were treated to a visit from Bede’s World museum in Jarrow.

A performer dressed as the real life character St Bede, who is widely regarded as the greatest of all the Anglo-Saxon scholars.

He talked to the children about the Lindisfarne Gospels, which recently attracted 100,000 visitors when they went on show in Durham.

St Bede also spoke to the youngsters about life in Anglo-Saxon England and the pupils got to try activities that were party and parcel of monastery life back in the first century.

They included calligraphy, artwork, glass painting and model making.

Headteacher John Lyons said: “The day covered a variety of skills across the curriculum and was thoroughly enjoyed by the children aged three to 11.

“Our link with Bede’s World in Jarrow was well received by the children who got a lot out of it.

“Looking at the past becomes real for children when they’re talking with real characters from the past.

“It’s even more fitting with the Lindisfarne Gospels being so real to the North East.”

One enthusiastic eight-year-old said: “I really enjoyed the day, especially when we met Saint Bede.”

Saint Bede, also known as the Venerable Bede, lived and died between the twin monasteries of Wearmouth and Jarrow between 673 and 735.

He wrote or translated some 40 books on just about every area of knowledge, including nature, astronomy, and poetry.

A massively successful three-month exhibition on the Lindisfarne Gospels has recently ended in Durham.

The Gospels were written by the Bishop of Lindisfarne, about 1,300 years ago and include the Bible’s Gospels books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, It is considered to be the North East’s greatest piece of literature.