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Deep North Episode 36: Open Books

Iceland’s Medieval manuscripts, dating back to the 12th century, are often cited as the country’s most valuable cultural heritage. For the general public, however, chances to view these priceless tomes have been few and far between. For the past decade or so, if you wanted to lay your eyes on them, you’d have to head to Reykjavík, to the University of Iceland’s Árnagarður building, and be buzzed into a locked corridor. If you’re granted permission to see the rare and valuable tomes, you’ll be escorted down to the basement and into a cramped room. The door will be locked behind you – in order to protect the artefacts. It’s hardly a welcoming or accessible environment, but that’s about to change.

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