Signs of a hi-tech story at city church

Rt Rev Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow and Chair of the Wearmouth-Jarrow Partnership taking a look at some of the new displays at St Paul's Church in Jarrow.
Rt Rev Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow and Chair of the Wearmouth-Jarrow Partnership taking a look at some of the new displays at St Paul's Church in Jarrow.
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HI-TECH electronic signs at a historic church will help tell the story of Wearmouth-Jarrow.

Information panels, interactive displays, signage and display units have been installed at St Peter’s Church, in Sunderland, as part of a £350,000 investment programme.

The gadgets, which will also be installed in St Paul’s Church, in Jarrow, will help tell the story of the twin 7th century Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, which is this year’s UK nomination for World Heritage Site status.

Right Reverend Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow and chairman of the Wearmouth-Jarrow Partnership, said: “We are delighted with the new interpretation work, and hope our many visitors will appreciate it too.

“With the site spread across two areas of the region and five venues it was important for us to link all of the sites together to give visitors the best possible understanding of the unique history of Wearmouth-Jarrow and we are delighted with the result.

“It really helps bring the story of Wearmouth-Jarrow to life and demonstrate why the site is so special.”

The bid for World Heritage Site status centres on the two churches.

The National Glass Centre, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Bede’s World are also key venues in the drive.

Funded by One North East, the gadgets are designed to help visitors understand the unique history of Wearmouth-Jarrow by linking up the different sites, which come together to tell the story of the Anglo Saxon monastery.

Adam Stanning, from BrightWhite, the company which designed and produced the new installations, said: “This was a really interesting project for us to work on, and we’re very pleased with the results.

“It’s a unique site, with many different elements, and hopefully our work will help visitors discover more and understand the reasons why it is so important to the world.”

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