Bede’s World attraction in Jarrow saved from closure

The Venerable BedeA tourist attraction about the Venerable Bede that closed due to a cash crisis has been saved.

Bede’s World – dedicated to the saint and influential scholar – shut last month with trustees blaming government cuts.

South Tyneside Council, which owns the land and buildings, has found a new operator to oversee the site.

The museum, which employed 27 people, will now be run by charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle.

Bede lived from 672 AD to 735 AD and is considered the father of English history.

The Anglo Saxon attraction opened on an 11-acre site in Jarrow in 1993 at a cost of almost £10m.

The attraction had been run by the Bede’s World Charitable Trust, with the council providing “substantial grant support”.

But trustees revealed in February the complex, which attracted 70,000 visitors a year, was no longer financially viable.

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