The Jarrow Hall project, led by Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, will re-open a local community facility and provide a range of activities including volunteering opportunities, learning experiences and family events.
Relaunching in October Jarrow Hall will provide a community resource focussed on the Anglo-Saxon period and celebrating the life and times of the Venerable Bede – the father of English history and a figure of huge national and international importance – through a museum, educational programmes, reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon village and a working farm. The venue will provide a space for community groups to meet, socialise and participate through a range of cultural opportunities including theatre groups, seasonally-themed events, food festivals, re-enactments, local art exhibits and more. In addition, it will draw upon support from local businesses and service providers, engaging them with residents of South Tyneside. The plan also includes a partnership with a local museum provider to support the management and ongoing development of the Bede Museum.
A robust capital investment strategy has been devised to cost and prioritise a series of improvements to the building and grounds which will enable the provision of a high quality and varied venue for the local community. Whilst a significant amount of finance has been raised through local fundraising the addition of energy generation and the associated savings would significantly support the relaunch and the future operation of the site, and the proposal is to install a Solar PV electricity generation system to the museum roof.
This proposed addition will reduce carbon emissions and support the investment plan by providing a sustainable energy source and the associated financial stability. Savings made will support community engagement activities, the development of the museum to improve visitor experience and educational provision for local, regional and national school visits. This will support wider tourism plans and raise the profile of the area, as well as the works of the Venerable Bede and the Anglo-Saxon period.
Any funds raised through the M&S Energy Fund would directly contribute to the purchase of the solar modules. Match funding would then contribute to costs of installation, roof fixings and commissioning costs.