The treasures of St Cuthbert 

The Treasures of St Cuthbert have been a focus for prayer and veneration by Christians for centuries. They include his coffin and his pectoral cross, portable altar and comb which were placed in his coffin when he was buried. Later, precious silk textiles were also placed in his coffin.

The late 7th-century wooden coffin has been carefully preserved by the religious communities of Lindisfarne, Chester-le-Street and Durham.  Textiles include the stole and maniple offered in honour of St Cuthbert by King Athelstan in 934 when the shrine was at Chester-le-Street.

The Treasures of St Cuthbert are currently not on display at the Cathedral. They will be on permanent display in the Great Kitchen from Saturday 29 July 2017 as part of Open Treasure, following a period of environmental monitoring.  Ahead of this, visitors can enjoy a display of stunning metal work including elaborately decorated altar crosses, archaeological finds of medieval metal and objects associated with the Prince Bishops of Durham.