Wearside shipyard archive makes Unesco world’s most important list

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WEARSIDE’S shipbuilding heritage has won a place in a global showcase.

The Tyne and Wear Shipyards Collection is one of just 11 items from the UK listed on the Unesco Memory of the World Register, an online catalogue of the world’s most important archives.

Coun Ged Bell is a former shipyard worker and chairman of the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums Joint Committee.

He said: “The rivers Tyne and Wear contributed massively to the history of the UK, world shipbuilding and marine engineering.

“Many innovations were developed here as well as countless fine ships being built.

“The records held are fascinating both for the specialist researcher and a much wider audience, as they not only contain detailed company information but amazing plans, photographs and even books signed by visiting dignitaries attending ship launches.

“I am particularly pleased at the national recognition being given to this important collection that documents the achievement of the shipyards and the shipyard workers of the Tyne and the Wear.”