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Medieval event helps families learn region's history
A FAMILY sports day between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings was held yesterday. (Saturday, August 17)
As part of the activities around the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition, Durham University’s learning team staged the event on Palace Green, near the cathedral.
It was a light-hearted take on events associated with the gospels in the period, using sports and games to help tell the story.
There was a 'Dodge the Dragon' and 'Viking Attack' to teach good aim and quick reactions as well as 'Gospels Overboard' and 'Dun Cow Boules' to show accuracy and good judgement as well as 'St Cuthbert's Golf', 'Speed Cathedral Building' and 'Horse Racing'.
Dr Sarah Price, head of the learning team at Durham University, said: “We were always determined to make sure the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition would be far more than a book in a box.
“What we have tried to do is use the Gospels to teach children in a fun and light-hearted way about the history of the North-East and about the unique journey St Cuthbert made.
“Our summer programme of hands-on workshops, mini kids lectures and story-telling in the free Wolfson Gallery on Palace Green as well as sports days like this will hopefully inspire children to learn more about the Gospels, St Cuthbert and the meaning of them to our region.”
Next Saturday people will be working together to make Viking long houses big and strong enough to fit people in.
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