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Lichfield Angel to take centre stage in major British Library Anglo-Saxon exhibition

The Lichfield Angel

The Lichfield Angel. Pic: Stephen Craven

The Lichfield Angel is set to take centre stage at a major exhibition at the British Library.

Discovered by builders beneath the nave of Lichfield Cathedral in 2003, the limestone carving is believed to be of the Archangel Gabriel.

It will form part of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, World, War exhibition which opens in the capital on Friday (19th October).

The Lichfield Angel will stand alongside items such as the Domesday Book, the tiny 7th Century St Cuthbert Gospel and the Lindisfarne Gospels.

The Dean of Lichfield, the very Revd Adrian Dorber, said: “The discovery of this exquisite carved stone angel dates back to the original Saxon church and pre-dates our present cathedral and points to the important role this cathedral and this area played in Anglo-Saxon England.

“We are proud to have been invited to exhibit in this landmark exhibition in the British Library and help tell Lichfield’s story and its place in the history of our ancestors.”

The exhibition at the British Library will run until 19th February, 2019.

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms will be open at the British Library from 19 October 2018 to 19 February 2019.

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