Shipley Art Gallery
“A fine collection of British crafts, Dutch and Flemish ‘Old Masters’ and 19th-century British painting” - VisitEngland Assessor
Gateshead, Tyne & Wear
The Shipley Art Gallery was founded in 1917, and is a major centre for British ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture. There are five gallery spaces, showing changing temporary exhibits, alongside a large collection of Dutch and Flemish 16th and 17th-century paintings. A collection of 19th-century British paintings includes Irving’s The Blaydon Races. Gift shop and limited parking.
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The metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear encompasses Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, South Shields and Sunderland, as well as part of Hadrian’s Wall. The county is cut through by the two rivers after which it is named. The area grew prosperous on coal and shipbuilding, and buildings of Victorian grandeur reflect its heyday. George Stephenson established an ironworks here in 1826, and the first engine on the Stockton and Darlington railway was made in Newcastle.
Newcastle’s ‘new castle’ is believed to date from the 11th century, though the present keep dates from the 12th. Other ancient buildings include the cathedral and Guildhall, while contemporary constructions include the Metro, which links Newcastle to Gateshead (along with several bridges), and the Metro Centre in Gateshead, Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure complex.
Jarrow, five miles east of Newcastle, is remembered for the Jarrow Crusade of 1936, when 200 men marched to London to bring attention to the plight of unemployed shipbuilders. The town was also the home of monk-scholar, the Venerable Bede, whose 8th-century work, Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum, was the first important history written about the English.
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