Administrator appointed at Bede’s World following museum’s closure

The front entrance to Bede's World, Jarrow.
The front entrance to Bede's World, Jarrow.

An administrator has been appointed at Bede’s World following the closure of the Jarrow tourist attraction.

The museum and visitor attraction closed last Friday after the charitable trust which ran it went into administration because of a cash crisis.

The closure cost 27 workers their jobs.

Greg Whitehead, of North East Restructuring and Insolvency practice Northpoint, was appointed as Bede’s World’s administrator at court on Wednesday.

He said: “My appointment has been put in place following dialogue with the board of trustees and the local council.

“I will now deal with the charity’s affairs, including its commercial assets on the site, liaison with parties owed money and ensuring that that the claims of employees are processed through the government scheme.

“Most of the employees were sent home last week and redundancy notices are being issued for all 27 employees in order their claims can be processed and paid out as soon as possible.

“Before my appointment, the local council, which owns the land and has provided significant funding to the organisation over a number of years, took control of the site and its contents, including putting 24 hour security in place.

“A detailed inventory of the contents of the site is taking place. In my opinion, the steps taken by the council have been important to give some reassurance to the various parties that have an interest in the site.

“Although all operations have ceased and an inevitable break in activities has occurred, the good news as far as I can tell is that the objective is for the site to re-emerge albeit on a more commercial footing.”