Help to showcase Sunderland’s rich heritage

Children take part in cultural heritage activities at the National Glass Centre
Children take part in cultural heritage activities at the National Glass Centre
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A SHOWCASE exhibition created by Sunderland residents will celebrate the city’s rich heritage.

St Peter’s Church and the National Glass Centre are inviting community members to the event, today and tomorrow, as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded community project.

The exhibition will showcase items from Wearsiders’ personal collections, alongside artefacts from Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens’ archive.

It will centre on the official opening of the community created exhibition What Did Benedict Biscop Ever Do For Us?

Curated by residents, the exhibition’s materials are based around them and their personal experiences, telling Sunderland’s unique history from the perspective of its people.

Ivor and Doris Lodges have donated some photographs and a glass plate for display.

Ivor said: “I’m really interested in local history and I remember when the National Glass Centre first opened.

“In fact, I think I was one of the first people to walk on the glass roof.”

Over the last six months the project has seen residents and schoolchildren work with the glass centre on exhibitions, digital projects and short films.

Neil Walker, senior learning and engagement officer said: “Projects like these are particularly important for the National Glass Centre.

“Since Benedict Biscop brought skilled glass crafts people to Sunderland glass–making has played a significant role in the city’s economic and social development.

“It is vital that we continue to create opportunities for the local community to get involved with and connect to the unique heritage of their city.”

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