Visitor attraction needs your help to win funding for special lighting

Visitors at Jarrow Hall
Visitors at Jarrow Hall

Bosses at a South Tyneside attraction need people’s help to improve services.

Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, which runs Jarrow Hall, has been shortlisted for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund - but needs people to vote for it.

The fund has £300,000 to support renewable energy projects and technologies across the UK and, last year, almost 80,000 votes were cast with 25 projects received funding.

Groundwork took on responsibility for Jarrow Hall Anglo Saxon Farm and Bede Museum in October 2016.

It uses the 11-acre site to tell the fascinating story of Bede - the Father of English History - and the incredible world of Anglo-Saxon England.

The museum has so far welcomed over 1,700 schoolchildren for live-enhancing education activities.

Voting for the Green Energy Fund before October 20 will allow Groundwork to replace old inefficient lighting with energy saving LED bulbs and fittings across the museum and grounds.

Leigh Venus, culture and heritage manager at Jarrow Hall, said: “Despite our ongoing efforts, we are wasting thousands of pounds every year through outdated, inefficient and expensive lighting - a significant percentage of which we inherited broken beyond repair.

“Local people’s votes could enable us to replace all of our museum lighting to improve the experience for school children and all of the visitors to our unique site.

“It would also save over £5000 annually which will be used across our community and education work.”

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