Saints day workshop is a glass act for pupils

Year 9 pupil from Venerable Bede school, Rosie Jones working on a stained glass window as part of Benedict Biscop Day at The National Glass Centre.
Year 9 pupil from Venerable Bede school, Rosie Jones working on a stained glass window as part of Benedict Biscop Day at The National Glass Centre.
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PUPILS got artistic when they followed in the footsteps of Benedict Biscop.

To mark Benedict Biscop Day, youngsters took part in a series of workshops to learn more about the man who transformed Sunderland into a creative hub of learning in the 7th century.

Year 9 pupil's from Venerable Bede school,  making  stained glass window's as part of Benedict Biscop Day at The National Glass Centre.

Year 9 pupil's from Venerable Bede school, making stained glass window's as part of Benedict Biscop Day at The National Glass Centre.

The Sunderland scholar and saint sparked the city’s glass-making heritage after travelling across Europe and bringing back with him some of the best craftsmen, including glass-makers, musicians and stonemasons.

To celebrate Benedict Biscop Day, children from Bishop Harland, Benedict Biscop, St Paul’s and Dame Dorothy Schools tried their hands at stained glass painting and glass-blowing workshops at the National Glass Centre.

They also visited St Peter’s Church, in Monkwearmouth, the site where Biscop created the monastery that is twinned with St Paul’s Church, in Jarrow, and Sunderland Minster, as part of the day.

In the evening, a special service lead by Preacher Bishop, Right Reverand Mark Bryant, took place with music from the Minster Choir.