With decades of experience delivering life-changing programmes of work in the region, our trust saw the potential in this extraordinary place so we embarked on a long-term development which would see us deliver a vision; a world-class heritage attraction incorporating the life-changing work of our trust while maintaining the remarkable legacy of Bede at its heart.
Since opening we have worked with Dame Rosemary Cramp - the archaeologist and academic responsible for the groundbreaking work investigating the monastic sites of Jarrow and Monkwearmouth - and the Friends of the World of Bede, alongside Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, St. Paul’s Church, Durham World Heritage Site and more to lead Jarrow Hall into an exciting new future. Since opening we’ve welcomed over 30,000 visitors and immersed thousands of schoolchildren in the world of Bede and Anglo-Saxon Northumbria.
We have secured highly-competitive funding from Heritage Lottery and the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund; achieved Working towards Accreditation status from Arts Council England; created classrooms for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities; welcomed experimental archaeologists from Newcastle University, placements from Durham University and forged new relationships with institutions across the world. We have also just announced the long-term transition of our much-loved farm to an animal sanctuary.
We’ll continue to increase the understanding of our history, taking care of our collection and this exceptional place for future generations to enjoy, fulfilling the Groundwork mission of changing places and changing lives.