Gospels are reproducedin Holy Island's new hall

The recently completed Holy Island Village Hall has taken delivery of a specialist installation which features three giant reproductions from the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Tuesday, 28th June 2016, 2:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th June 2016, 3:58 pm
Trustee David O'Connor and joiner Stuart Robertson with one of the images from the Lindisfarne Gospels at The Crossman Hall on Holy Island. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Backhouse Memorial Wall, the front internal wall of the new building, will depict three pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels, which were reproduced in Janet Backhouse’s book on the Gospels.

These images have been replicated by special permission from the British Library Manuscripts Department. The late Janet Backhouse was assistant keeper and curator of the department.

Backhouse’s work brought her to Holy Island and the North East frequently. Over the years, she became a good friend of the island community and it to her, so much so that when Janet died in 2004, the retiring collection from her memorial service in London was dedicated to the Holy Island Village Hall re-building fund by her colleague Pam Porter, curator of manuscripts.

The memorial wall has been reproduced by Letchworth-based firm Altro Ltd, which specialises in large-scale, high-standard wall-art installations.

The plates will be fixed by local contractor MT Richardson and lit in the evenings as an appropriate tribute to Janet’s work and friendship to the island and as a local public celebration of The Lindisfarne Gospels.

After the 15-year effort by the community and the trustees of the Holy Island Village Hall Restoration Fund, backed by support from The Big Lottery Fund grant received in 2015, Crossman Hall stands proud on the old site in Crossgates Lane.

Named after the Crossman family, the hall is open and taking bookings, while ‘running in’. The first public event was a coffee morning in May which raised more than £1,000 for St Mary’s Church.

A concert by internationally renowned band Lindisfarne was the second public event as part of last weekend’s Holy Island Festival.