Museum Collections

There are currently over 12,000 accessioned objects within the museum collection, including:  

  •  The largest European collection of 7th & 8th Centuries Coloured Window Glass.   
  • A Full sized Facsimili of the Codex Amiatinus, one of the earliest latin bibles, produced here at Wearmouth-Jarrow, by order of Ceolfrith, on long-term loan by the Friends of the World of Bede.   
  • Painted Anglo-Saxon Plaster   
  • Magnificent Anglo-Saxon Stone work.   
  • Archival material relating to the excavations of the Jarrow Monastery, and Jarrow Slake. 

The museum was originally set up to care for and display nationally and internationally significant material from the site of the Jarrow Monastery, founded by Benedict Biscop in 681 AD; one half of the twin monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow. The site of St Paul’s Church was excavated extensively between 1963 and 1978 by Dame Professor Rosemary Cramp and her colleagues at Durham University.  

Jarrow Hall also cares for a small social history collection relating to both Jarrow Hall House, our Grade II listed Georgian House, as well as some local Jarrow history. The Georgian House was built around 1785 by local coal mine and shipbuilding industrialist Simon Temple.  

The museum is currently building an archive of material related to the (re) constructed structures on site, and experimental archaeology.  

 Find out more about our collections by searching our online collections catalogue, to get some idea of the types of collections we hold. 

Museum Donations

We are always interested in hearing from people who have stories and artefacts from the past that they would like to share with us however, there are particular rules and regulations we must follow, regarding donations made by members of the public.

Please get in touch with us via email or letter before bringing any items to the museum. 

You must first describe in writing what it is you would like to donate to the museum, how you came to own the object(s) and provide a photograph of the item(s) where possible.   

A member of the collections team will be in touch soon after to tell you whether this is an item we can accept, whether we need further information, if we cannot accept your offer, or to arrange a time and date to bring your item in.   

Please note our Collections Development policy will inform any decisions made by the museum.  

We do not accept any hazardous objects or substances.  

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