Mar
27

Bede’s World

Bede’s World is a museum in Jarrow dedicated to the life and times of Venerable Bede, a monk, author and scholar who lived in at the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Wearmouth-Jarrow, a double monastery at Jarrow (today part of South Tyneside) and Monkwearmouth, (today part of Sunderland), England.

The main museum building features the ‘Age of Bede’ exhibit, including excavated artefacts from the historic monastery such as stained glass, imported pottery, coins and stone carvings, and exhibits about Anglo-Saxon culture, Bede’s life and works, the life of a monk, and the medieval Kingdom of Northumbria.

There is a working reconstructed Anglo-Saxon farm called Gyrwe (pronounced ‘Yeerweh’) after the Old English name for Jarrow, showing crop and animal husbandry with full-size reconstructions of 3 timber buildings from Northumbria based on the evidence of archaeological work. The farm animals are specially bred to simulate the type of animal seen in Anglo-Saxon England; cattle are smaller and sheep more varied. Ancient strains of wheat and vegetables such as those the monks might have eaten are grown.

Visitors can tour the ruins of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of St Paul, which has been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Other site features are an herb garden, a gift and book shop, and a cafe in the adjacent late 18th century Jarrow Hall. Jarrow Hall also features an exhibit about the hall’s history.