Jarrow Hall houses archaeological finds from excavations on the monastic site of St Paul’s, Jarrow, as well as Jarrow Slake. The archaeological collection includes a wide range of artefacts, principally comprising Anglo-Saxon and Medieval material, with some Post-Medieval finds. This material includes (but is not limited to): coloured window glass, stone sculpture, ceramics, tiles, coins, copper alloy material, lead and iron objects, worked bone, animal bone and shellfish, clay pipes, painted wall plaster, bricks, and food preparation vessels.

Jarrow Hall has a permanent exhibition, dedicated to the finds from the excavated Jarrow monastery, in the wider context of Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Northumbria, where some of the excavated material can be seen on display. We also store and care for additional archaeological material, not currently on display.

The facsimile Codex Amiatinus and Coloured Saxon Window Glass are acknowledged as significant collections and featured as part of the Great Exhibition of the North’s A History of the North in 100 Objects.

Browse our online collections catalogue to see some of our items on display a little closer, as well as items kept in our stores. A lot of the material we hold are part of bulk finds, however, there are some real gems, including worked stone, metal and glasswork. Share your favourite object(s) with your friends on social media. We also welcome you to share your posts and photos with us on Facebook, Instagram and ‘X’.  

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A Climate Changed

‘A Climate Changed’ – Exhibition

This project was generously funded by the Association of Independent Museums, and enabled Jarrow Hall to share its diverse and important collection with young people, engaging with them around the theme of Climate Change to co-create this digital museum display.

A Climate Changed saw Jarrow Hall work with artists Elizabeth Kane and Jo Howell, collaborating with local school pupils, as well as Bright Futures, a community group based in Jarrow. Our young artists spent time at the museum, handling rarely-seen objects from our collection, including ceramic jugs, glass vases, animal bone, carved stone and decorative metal.  The objects were used to spark conversation about how we have used resources and interacted with our environment from the time of Bede to the present day.

Over the course of the project, our young people developed their artistic and photographic skills, creating an exhibition designed to challenge and inspire its audience. The images captured and created by our contributors pose important questions about the way we consume the resources around us, and our collective impact on the environment. We recognise that the Anglo-Saxons had a more sustainable way of living and that people today could learn from them.

Get involved!

Is there anything you could do to live more sustainably?  Can you make a pledge to make a small change?  If you visit the museum you can write it on a recycled label and display it on our tree to inspire others. Alternatively, you can visit our social media channels to share your pledge with us and our followers.

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A Climate Changed Animated Film – This animated film was produced to raise awareness of climate change and was made by children from Bright Futures NE and renowned local artist, Elizabeth Kane. The Climate Change 2023 project was made possible by kind support from AIM – Association of Independent Museums and Museum Development Fund. The animated film is currently on display at Jarrow Hall Museum.

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Saxon Stonework

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The Cultural Legacy of the Anglo Saxons’ with The English Companions

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Saxon Glass info

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