World Heritage Site Bid
One monastery in two places
The National Glass Centre is just one of the organisations that have come together to make a bid for the twin Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow to achieve World Heritage Site status in 2011.
The twin monastery was established by Benedict Biscop in 674 AD and is centred around St Peter's Church in Sunderland and St Paul's Church in Jarrow. In its time, the monastery of Wearmouth -Jarrow was one of Europe's most important and influential centres of learning and culture. The National Glass Centre's international programme of exhibitions, education and commissions continues to take inspiration from Benedict Biscop's ethos of learning and creativity today.
If it achieves World Heritage Site status, this incredible site and its inspirational story will receive the world-wide recognition and protection for the future that it richly deserves.