When the Vikings descended on Northumberland in the 9th century the Community of St Cuthbert were forced to flee their sacred and holy island. They gathered up their most precious belongings; the body of St Cuthbert, the head of St Oswald, the bones of St Aidan and the Lindisfarne Gospels, and set on a momentous journey that helped shape England.
In April 2013, Richard W Hardwick, writer-in-residence for Durham University’s School of Applied Social Sciences, travelled with award winning photographer Paul Alexander Knox along the whole route. They visited the locations the Community of St Cuthbert took refuge in, recorded the landscape they journeyed over and told the stories of the people they met along the way.
The exhibition is a visual documentation of their journey.