Bede's World set to reopen as Jarrow Hall - Museums Association

Bede’s World set to reopen as Jarrow Hall

Tyneside museum will open in October with increased offer
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The former Bede’s World museum is set to reopen in October under the management of the charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle.

The site, which has been renamed Jarrow Hall – Anglo Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum to broaden its appeal, closed after the trust that ran it became insolvent in February.

The land and buildings reverted back to the ownership of South Tyneside Council, which agreed to transfer the lease to Groundwork earlier this year.

The site is devoted to the Anglo-Saxon monk and scholar, the Venerable Bede, who lived between 672 AD and 735 AD.

It will open with an increased offer, including community events, an education programme, and with units for artists and craftspeople to hire.

Last month, the site became the permanent home of the only full-sized replica in the UK of the Codex Amiatinus, the world’s earliest one-volume Latin Bible, which was created around 700AD by the monks at Wearmouth-Jarrow, the monastery where Bede was resident.

Andrew Watts, the executive director of Groundwork, said: "This is a new dawn for this well-known, well-loved and highly important history centre.

"It is essential that its celebration of the life of the Venerable Bede, through the museum and other educational services, remains a key element of its work, but recent history has shown that it must have broader appeal.”.

Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “There are exciting plans afoot to reinvigorate and broaden the site’s historical and educational appeal while ensuring that the Anglo-Saxon life, and the Venerable Bede, remains at the heart of Jarrow Hall.”

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