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Bede’s World is a museum on the banks of the river Tyne devoted to the life and times of a Benedictine monk called Bede (673 – 735). Bede is known for an important book by means of which he got known as “father of English history”.

Located in one of the most deprived areas in England, Bede’s World charitable trust celebrates the inspirational work and life of The Venerable Bede (673-735) and early Anglo-Saxon culture, and is a gateway to the candidate Wearmouth-Jarrow World Heritage site. The vision of Bede’s World is to increase public understanding and appreciation of the world of Bede and his enduring legacy of culture, science, learning, innovation, creativity and his construction of English identity. It is the only museum within the north of England which tells the vernacular history of Anglo-Saxon England through its demonstration landscape and experimental archaeological buildings. Bede’s World also manages the archaeological site of St Paul’s monastery, a purpose built museum and permanent Age of Bede exhibition which displays finds from the site, housing the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon coloured glass in Northern Europe.
Bede’s World is currently undergoing a major transformation in both its capital development and its operational practice in an attempt to become self-sustaining. We are piloting a community radio station in an attempt to reach and connect more meaningfully with our communities. In addition, we are in the process of scoping the possibility of working under a co-operative model with a range of different stakeholders for example; volunteers, probation service, community groups, schools and small businesses helping us drive our mission.
The site offers both formal and informal schools programmes, welcoming around 9,000 school children annually. Bede’s World is a valuable resource for archaeology, history and theology students, with many universities visiting the site as an introduction to the early medieval period. Currently, Bede’s World is working on a research partnership project using the latest digital technology with Durham University aiming to gain greater understanding of approaches to collaborative learning. We are constantly aiming to construct a genuine learning community, being excellent in everything we do we are learning to demand of ourselves before demanding of others.
The museum is building a large volunteer base, with a dedicated Volunteer Co-ordinator. We work very closely with Probation and Community Payback Services, offering opportunities for offenders to work alongside our staff. It is our aim to offer a scheme whereby offenders will be have paid placements, after completing their compulsory hours to gain employability skills.



Bede's World Museum
Church Bank, Jarrow
NE32 3DY Tyne & Wear
United Kingdom
(44) 191-4892106