HISTORY has come full circle with a prestigious exhibition at a South Tyneside museum.
The Banners of the North display, which has just opened at Bede’s World, in Church Bank, Jarrow, features rare historical items on loan from the British Museum and British Library in London.
Some of the objects have strong links to the region, including a gold signet ring which may have been worn by Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland, when he was killed at the Wars of the Roses’ Battle of Towton in Yorkshire, in 1461.
The Towton ring features a lion, which was the symbol of the Percy family.
Other items on display include a seal matrix from 1437, which would have been used to authorise taxes, laws, writs and other legal documents.
Another rare object on display for the first time in the region, is a gold pendant depicting St George slaying the dragon, plus a St George amulet ring and a 15th century pilgrim’s badge.
Running until September 29, the Banners of the North exhibition, which will be accompanied by actual banners from the North East coalfield on display at the Jarrow museum, will highlight how the North East changed following the invasion of William the Conqueror.
Mike Benson, director of Bede’s World, said: “Banners of the North is one of the most significant exhibitions we have ever staged.
“This display really underlines the importance of Bede’s World, which is able to attract historical items of the highest calibre.”
Also featured in the display are coins from the reigns of Edward l, Edward lV and the Scottish King Alexander III, excavated by Professor Rosemary Cramp at Jarrow since the 1970s.
Complementing the exhibition at Bede’s World this weekend is the Banners of the North Folk Festival, featuring such local acts and performers as George Welch and Christine Jeans, Lowp, Nev Clay, Fool’s Gold and Leo Connolly.
For more details, call Bede’s World on 489 2106 or visit www.bedesworld.co.uk