History enthusiasts are being given the opportunity to explore South Tyneside’s rich architecture and culture with the return of Heritage Open Days this week.
A series of Heritage Open Days - running from tomorrow to Sunday - provide a chance to discover and enjoy some of the borough’s sometimes hidden and often curious architectural treasures - with free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
This year around 25 local venues are taking part.
They include Jarrow Town Hall, Jarrow Hall and Bede Museum, The Word, South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House, on the South Pier, St John’s Church in Hebburn; Grange Road Baptist Church in Jarrow, St Paul’s Church and Monastic Site in Jarrow, and St Nicholas’ Church in West Boldon.
Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “The annual Heritage Open Days event offers people a chance to delve into the rich history of the borough and discover the wonderful architectural treasures they have on their doorstep.
“I am delighted to see that so many taking part.
“Whether residents or visitors are interested in history, architecture, culture or just want to learn more about South Tyneside, Heritage Open Days is a real celebration of all the amazing places we have in South Tyneside with something to suit everybody.”
Visitors can join the Mayor of South Tyneside on special tours of South Shields Town Hall with its stunning oak-panelled chambers and marble corridors and local history enthusiasts can also enjoy a Victorian Heritage Walk around the Marine Parks.
Other attractions include a look behind the scenes at the 205 Battery Royal Artillery Open Day at the TA Centre in South Shields, South Shields Museum, Age UK South Tyneside, The Customs House, The Mission to Seafarers, the North East Maritime Trust, The Westovian Theatre and Jarrow Salvation Army.
For full listings, specific opening times or booking information for events, go to www.southtyneside.gov.uk/hod.
Copies of the Heritage Open Days booklet are also available at local libraries, community centres and The Word.