Discover Sunderland's rich heritage of glass making with our interactive permanent exhibition.
Sunderland has a rich heritage of glass making that dates back to 674AD. Benedict Biscop, founder of Wearmouth-Jarrow Priory, brought skilled craftsmen from Gaul to create the first stained glass window in England for St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth. Using compelling personal stories from local people and striking audio visual display, Stories of Glass in Sunderland is our interactive exhibition which charts the origins, growth and legacy of glass making in the City.
“This special world of mine is constantly changing and many of the people who inhabited it are no longer with us. Many of the places that once helped to make up that world have also passed into time. The local collieries have gone too, together with the pit road. However, in my memory and I hope in my drawings, they live on.'' Norman Cornish
‘His images - from the greatest oil painting to the smallest pen-drawn vignette - are keenly observed extracts from life and are the vehicles through which he educates us. Norman is a true artist, expressing his thoughts, feelings and philosophy in paint’. (Biography by Robert McManners and Gillian Wales)
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