LOVE is in the air at a South Tyneside museum this week.
Bede’s World in Church Bank, Jarrow, is giving visitors the chance to explore how Valentine’s Day has been celebrated over time.
The borough museum has teamed with students from Newcastle University to work on the romantic project.
Museum marketing and development officer Sharon Thomson said: “This half-term at Bede’s World, we are inviting visitors to take a step back in time, as we visit the Roman, medieval and Victorian times to discover how they celebrated St Valentine’s Day. Throughout the week, visitors joining us can find out where the expression ‘wear your heart on your sleeve’ comes from and create their own Victorian Valentine’s card, as well as make a leather friendship bracelet to take home.”
The themed activities taking place throughout the school holidays were created by Aidan Pratt and Sophie Anderton, who are final year undergraduate students at Newcastle University, studying ancient history and archaeology.
A museum spokesman added: “Through their placement at Bede’s World, they had to set themselves a project related to the museum to develop their skills in organisation, communication and personal enterprise. The students decided that they would use St Valentine’s Day as their subject matter, and would develop activities that took a historical view of Valentine’s Day through the ages, looking at Roman, medieval and Victorian times in particular.”
The love-inspired theme continues on Sunday, when the Jarrow museum will welcome skilled willow weaver Serena Hodgson, who will be demonstrating how visitors can make willow hearts to take home.
Romantic visitor attractions will run between 11am and 3pm daily, and are included in the admission price to the museum.
For further details, contact Bede’s World on 489 2106 or visit the museum website at www.bedesworld.co.uk.