I was shocked to hear the news that Bede’s World has closed.
I visited the museum in 2005, when I was on holiday in the area, visiting Saxon churches and Roman sites on Hadrian’s Wall.
An Anglo-Saxon village had been constructed at Jarrow in the midst of a wasteland of electricity pylons and car storage. There were buildings and people living an Anglo-Saxon life. Animals were in the fields and crops in the ground. There are not many places that you can see how real Anglo-Saxon life was lived – not by the kings and warriors of the chronicles, but by the ordinary folk.
There is a Project on Crowdfunder to raise money to re-open the museum. Please donate if you don’t want this valuable resource for education to disappear.
Meanwhile here are some pictures I took: