Glimpse into South Tyneside’s rich history at Heritage Open Days

Arbeia Roman Fort
Arbeia Roman Fort

A four-day journey into the past aims to inject new life into South Tyneside’s rich history next month.

Over 40 buildings - including churches, Roman ruins and museums - will open their doors to give a fresh – and free – perspective on the borough’s past.

New roof appeal by the North East Maritime Trust.'Director Dave Parker

New roof appeal by the North East Maritime Trust.'Director Dave Parker

As part of the national Heritage Open Days event, people can explore buildings of historical significance – and others more modern – in ways not always allowed.

In some cases, behind the scene access will be granted to allow the public to explore parts of buildings usually off limits – and all at no cost.

Hidden gems include the stores at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, guided tours of Jarrow Town Hall and South Shields old town hall, and insight into the ongoing restoration of part of St Hilda’s Colliery.

Religious sites feature prominently across the four days, with the Grade II St John’s Church, St Paul’s Church and Monastic site at Jarrow – known as the home of the Venerable Bede – and an exploration of Grange Road Baptist Church in Jarrow.

The grounds where a 59-year-old man was attacked.

The grounds where a 59-year-old man was attacked.

Other prominent locations featured include South Shields Metro Station, The Customs House, Jarrow Hall, Arbeia Roman Fort, The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House.

The dozen opening day events include the North East Maritime Trust displaying items of sea-going heritage, and the 205 Battery Army Reserve Centre, in South Shields, opening its doors for a guided tour.

South Tyneside Council is among organisations supporting the initiative, which runs from Thursday, September 7, to Sunday, September 10.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “We are delighted to welcome back the ever-popular Heritage Open Days.

South Shields Museum/Free Library, South Shields. Picture: TOM BANKS

South Shields Museum/Free Library, South Shields. Picture: TOM BANKS

“This annual event offers the opportunity to explore the wealth of historical, architectural and culture treasures we have here in South Tyneside.

National Centre for the Written Word, and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House.

For full events times and dates, go to www.southtyneside.gov.uk

The South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House.

The South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House.

The Word

The Word