The appliance of science (to the Lindisfarne and Durham Gospels)

Lindisfarne closeup

This stunning image is from a great 2013 post by Christina Duffy on the British Library’s Collection Care blog, reporting on the use of microscopy to reveal the detail of the illuminations in the Lindisfarne Gospels (which were then on tour at the Palace Library here in Durham).

Now I understand that spectroscopic analysis by Dr Kate Nicholson of the ink of the script in the Durham Gospels can reveal different recipes  in various sections, and so give new evidence for which scribes wrote what. Amazing! And sorry I’ll have to miss her talk on 14 May at Northumbria University.