Some of the region's schoolchildren are among the first visitors to see the Lindisfarne Gospels go on display at a new exhibition in Durham.
The manuscript, which was written by monks on Holy Island in 700 AD, is spending the next three months at Durham University's Palace Green Library . It is usually on display in London.
20, 000 tickets have been sold for the exhibition, with 100,000 expected to be sold before the end of September.
The exhibition, which also features other Anglo-Saxon artefacts, is open from 10am to 10pm every day from 1st July to 30th September.