Jarrow museum brings Viking era back to life

Andreas Dracocardos and Mark Thompson, from Company of Wolves.
Andreas Dracocardos and Mark Thompson, from Company of Wolves.

The Viking era was brought back to life at a South Tyneside museum.

Actors from Company of Wolves have been bringing the past into the 21st century at Bede’s World in Church Bank, Jarrow.

The actors help bring the museum to life.

Matt Storey, Bede’s wold’s operations manager

The group took on roles of blacksmiths, leather workers and cooks as they educated the museum’s visitors on how life was like for their ancestors.

Lancelot Robson, who volunteers regularly at the site, also showed off Viking navigational skills.

Matt Storey, operations manager at Bede’s World, said: “Visitors to the museum have been thoroughly enjoying our re-enactment groups, they really help bring the museum to life and give people the chance to see how our ancestors went about their daily lives.

“Throughout the summer holidays, Lancelot and the company of Wolves will be popping back to keep visitors entertained.”

A new exhibition is now open to the public called the Skull Of St Bede.

It features a plaster case mould of St Bede’s skull, which was created in 1830, and lots of other information about the English monk who spent his life at the monastery of Saint Peter at Monkwearmouth and its companion monastery, Saint Paul’s in Jarrow.

There are also a number of themed weeks taking place at Bede’s World during the summer holidays.

• Until August 9, people will be able to learn about Heat, Light and Sound from yesteryear.

• Running from August 10 to 19, Fabulously Filthy Food will be on offer.

• Grizzly Garments will be on display from August 17 to 23.

The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm.