Use this section to explore the power of words, and make connections between words and images.

The text of the Lindisfarne Gospels is 'illuminated' in both senses. Images decorate the pages but also shed light on their meanings. Together the words, the layouts and the pictures create the message.

Think about what it would mean to be able to read in a society where most people could not. Think about words to read out loud. Think about when every word may be questioned or misunderstood, every word bears witness: in a holy book, a newspaper headline, a photo caption, even a text message.

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