Stiofan Mac Amhalghaidh wrote on 14/4/00 4:02 pm
>There's been a bit of an effort to get the book moved to a new permanent
>home in Kells itself (which, despite giving its name to the book was 99%
>sure not to have been the place of it's creation)
as there's 99% chance that the majority was created on Iona. And 0% chance
of it going there. I suppose it was removed to Kells for safekeeping (from
the Vikings) along with Columba's bones.
>. The view of the book's
>current minders at Dublin University is that if it can be confirmed that the
>damage was caused by travel this will impact very seriously on any decision
>to release the book to a new home in Kells, or for exhibition outside of
>it's current home at DU.
It was announced a week or so ago that some parts are coming to Glasgow
in the near future. None of it is going to Iona of course.
As Glasgow museums have safely exhibited the Dead Sea Scrolls in the
last few years, I think Kells will be safe.
Also, the British Museum kindly [sic] lent a couple of the Lewis chessmen
to the local museum in Stornoway last week. For 24 hours. Nice to see that
the spirit of the 'Elgin' marbles is alive and well.