The new Durham Cathedral Open Treasure exhibition 'Vikings in Northumbria' opens next week on June 11.
Charting the substantial influence of the Vikings on the North East over the course of the centuries, the Open Treasure exhibition 'Vikings in Northumbria' will tell the story of the fearsome invaders.
Durham Cathedral Open Treasure is currently closed while the exhibition is changed around, and the Open Treasure entrance from the cloisters is fenced off while workers carry out alterations. The Open Treasure exhibition will reopen at 10am on Tuesday June 11 2019.
Beginning with the devastating raids on Lindisfarne in 793 AD, the 'Vikings in Northumbria' exhibition will also explore how, over the course of 200 years, the Vikings influenced the political and cultural landscape of Northumbria through raids, trade and conquest.
The Vikings raids were indirectly the trigger for the building of Durham Cathedral itself; having driven the monks of Lindisfarne out of their monastery in 875AD by repeated raids, the monks were forced to seek safety further inland. First travelling to Chester le Street, after a further 100 years the Community of St Cuthbert decided to move yet again and ended up in Durham, after a maid searching for a dun cow pointed them in the right direction.
While the Durham Cathedral Open Treasure exhibition is changed over, Durham Cathedral Library will also be closed and will reopen at the same time as Open Treasure on Tuesday June 11.
Open Treasure's Vikings of Northumbria exhibition will be open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm (last entry at 4pm) and Sundays 12.30-5pm (last entry at 4pm). Open Treasure tickets cost £2.50-7.50. Under fives go for free, and a family ticket is £17.50, with a 50% discount with a National Art Pass.
Open Treasure tickets can be booked either from the Durham Cathedral visitor desk or on the booking page.