Children’s competition to create Anglo-Saxon artwork

Durham Cathedral is encouraging children to decorate their own Anglo-Saxon style brooches in celebration of the launch of The Treasures of St Cuthbert in Open Treasure.

The Treasures of St Cuthbert represent some of the most significant surviving Anglo-Saxon artefacts in the UK, offering a fascinating insight into the culture and daily life of Anglo-Saxon Society. With exquisite carvings and detailed engravings, they are also magnificent works of art.

And now children visiting Durham Cathedral will have the opportunity to create their own Anglo-Saxon work of art with a special drawing competition inspired by Anglo-Saxon brooches.

Charlotte Rowbotham, Head of Education at Durham Cathedral, said: ‘The Anglo-Saxon brooch competition offers a great opportunity for children to get creative and have fun, whilst also learning about the Anglo-Saxons.

‘Anglo-Saxon brooches are beautiful objects, often made from precious metals and beautifully decorated with patterns and animalistic imagery to symbolise status and wealth. We look forward to seeing the imaginative and innovative designs inspired by this competition.’

The designs must be A4 and entrants can decorate their brooch by any means including paint, felt pens or collage. The closing date for entries is Monday 7 August.

Entries should be posted to:

Education at Durham Cathedral

15a The College



Alternatively, they can be submitted at the Visitor Desk in the Cathedral. There are 4 age categories:

  • 5 and under
  • 6-9
  • 10-13
  • 14-16

The child’s name, age, and parent/guardian’s phone number should be included on the back.

Entries will be displayed on Saturday, August 12, and Sunday, August 13, as part of Durham Cathedral’s Anglo-Saxon Family Fun Weekend. Visitors to this free event will meet the Anglo-Saxon villagers as they take up residence in the Cathedral grounds and experience the sights, sounds and smells of an Anglo-Saxon settlement.

For more information about this event, please visit

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