People In Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones!
How Geocaching Works
Use of geocaching.com services is subject to the terms and conditions in our disclaimer
A Black, Magnetic Nano placed slightly higher than head height but still reachable by hand. May be a reasonably high muggle area! Parking is plentiful and the area is nicely paved. Well worth a walk along the old river front as well which has changed massively over recent years.
The National Glass Centre is located in Monkwearmouth, on the north banks of the River Wear, on the former site of J.L. Thompson and Sons shipyard.
The centre is close to the site of St. Peter's Church, part of the original Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Priory built in 674. It was here that Benedict Biscop introduced glass making into Britain, by hiring French glaziers to make the windows for the priory. The glass-making industry exploded in the eighteenth century, driven by an abundance of cheap coal and high-quality imported sand. Sunderland glass became known throughout the country. In 2007, the last two remaining glass firms in Sunderland announced they would close.
Despite the decline in the industry, in 1998 the centre was opened for £17 million. It was funded by the Arts Council in conjunction with the University of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear Development Corporation, European Regional Development Fund and Sunderland City Council. The centre, located alongside the university's St. Peter's campus, continued the regeneration of the banks of the Wear.
The National Glass Centre is constructed from glass and steel. It has a glass roof that people can walk around and look down into the centre below. There is a total of 3,250 square metres of glass on the roof, and it can hold 4,600 people on at any one time. Each glass panel on the roof is 6 cm thick.
The centre is a museum dedicated to the history of glass-making, with numerous exhibitions and galleries. Visitors can also watch glass being made in the centre. A number of artists are located on site, and their work can be purchased by visitors in the glass shop.
Since August 2006, National Glass Centre dropped its admission fee and is currently free to visit. Since the drop in admission fee, the centre has seen a rapid increase in visitors.
The National Glass Centre is just one of the organisations that have come together to secure World Heritage Site nomination for the twin Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow in 2011. The monastery is centred on the National Glass Centre’s neighbour, St Peter’s Church and St Paul’s Church, Jarrow. Alongside Bede's World in Jarrow, National Glass Centre is set to become an information and visitor gateway to the site.
The twin Anglo-Saxon monastery was a major centre of European learning and culture in the 7th century and was home to the Venerable Bede whose influence remains with us today, and Benedict Biscop who founded the site in 674AD. Original and rare remains of 7th century architecture are also still standing.
The values of the sites founder Benedict Biscop, continues to provide inspiration and focus for our international programme of exhibitions, education and commissions.
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.
Fgrc onpx naq ybbx hc.