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Museum plans to build a Saxon ship

EXCITING PLANS ... Pearl Saddington, inset, is thrilled by Bede's World's grant to help build a replica Saxon ship like the one above.

EXCITING PLANS ... Pearl Saddington, inset, is thrilled by Bede's World's grant to help build a replica Saxon ship like the one above.

SHIPBUILDING is returning to South Tyneside – thanks to ambitious museum plans.

Bede’s World has announced plans to build a 20ft Anglo-Saxon seafaring ship.

The site, in Church Bank, Jarrow, has been awarded an initial sum of £30,000 by the Headley Trust, which is part of Sainsbury’s supermarket.

The scheme was announced at the Jarrow and Boldon Community Area Forum on Thursday, when Pearl Saddington, the museum’s assistant director, gave a presentation to councillors and members of the public about its future plans.

She said: “We’re looking for people who have been involved in shipbuilding to get involved.

“Newcastle University have already agreed to help us, but it would be great to get more people involved.” Coun Fay Cunningham, a Labour representative for the Bede, praised the announcement.

She said: “I’m a big supporter of Bede’s World, and the fact that it’s bringing shipbuilding back to Jarrow is extremely exciting.”

The project will begin next year.

Ms Saddington also announced plans to develop the farm and museum next year. An amphitheatre is set to be built in the farm, which will be used to stage amateur and professional performances, which Ms Saddington said would bring “a whole new dimension to Bede’s World”.

There are also plans for a folk festival to be held at the site, which would feature grassroots crafts, arts and food.

Workshops are also going to be launched at Bede’s World to give people interested in stone carving, pottery and other crafts a chance to try their hand.

The museum is also set to become modernised with iPad-style interactive boards, which will allow people to scan information with their mobile phones.

Plans were also announced for a complimentary programme of events to support the Lindisfarne Gospels events next year.

In 2014, the museum plans to run exhibitions and events to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and in 2015, 800 years of English democracy will be celebrated.

For details, call 489 2106.

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