The National Glass Centre on Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL is set to re-open this weekend following its six month closure for a £2.2 million refurbishment. From this weekend visitors can see new exhibitions, special events and family friendly activities including hands-on arts and crafts activities, themed tours and treasure hunts and free glass-blowing demonstrations. A new permanent exhibition “Stories of Glass in Sunderland” will also be unveiled tracing the history of glass-making in Sunderland from the 7th century. The new gallery spaces will also host a wide range of international exhibitions, presenting the work of leading contemporary artists in glass and ceramics.
The National Glass Centre in Sunderland’s re-launch on Saturday 29th June is part of the Festival of the North East and the film below courtesy of North East Film Archive (NEFA) features craftsman glass blowers at the Wear Flint Glass Works in Sunderland in the 1960s.
Sunderland’s glass making tradition dates back to 674 when French and Italian glaziers were invited over by the Anglo-Saxon abbot Benedict Biscop and made the windows for the Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Priory. The Wear Flint Glass Works shown in the video above was launched in 1858 by Angus and Greener, with ownership passing to James Augustus Jobling in 1885. Jobling and Co. enjoyed great success from 1921 when Jobling Purser purchased the right to manufacture and market the PYREX brand heat resistant glassware from the American firm Corning Inc. Few people outside the north east realise that each item of desirable and durable PYREX domestic glass ware, with designs such as Gaeity, Snowflake, Matchmaker, Fiesta and Tally-Ho hunting for Ringtons, found in every British kitchen after World War II, originated in Sunderland with Joblings. Corning Glass took control of the Pyrex factory in 1973. The business was again sold to Newell Ltd in 1994 and then to Arc International. But in 2007 production moved to France, and commercial glass manufacture ended in Sunderland after hundreds of years. The region’s few remaining glass craftsmen now practice their art in the workshops of the National Glass Centre, close to the site of the original Monkwearmouth priory.
A video of current glass blowing at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland can be seen in the video below.
If you’re looking for hotel accommodation near The National Glass Centre on Liberty Way in Sunderland SR6 0GL our bed and breakfast availability is here: online booking. We are approximately 15 minutes drive from the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.
Sunderland Football Club’s billionaire owner Ellis Short visited the Shagorika Indian restaurant on Queen’s Parade in Seaburn, Sunderland, SR6 8DA on Saturday night following Sunderland Football Club’s 1-0 victory earlier that day. The 52 year old American enjoyed a chicken mushuri at the restaurant and surprised it’s owner with a £1,800 tip after his meal.
The Marathon of The North is a brand new marathon to be held annually in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. Sunderland City Council and the organisers of the Sunderland City 10K have scheduled ‘The Marathon Of The North’ to take place on Sunday 28th April 2013. You can see a short video of the Sunderland City 10K here…
The Marathon of the North course starts and finishes at the Stadium of Light on the north bank of the river Wear. After crossing the Wearmouth Bridge, the route follows the first few kilometres of the Sunderland City 10K course. The first half of the race course is on the south side of the river Wear it is predominantly flat with few noticeable gradients and includes a circuit of picturesque Barnes Park. At the halfway mark the route returns back across the Wearmouth Bridge and the last ten miles is run adjacent to the river Wear and Roker and Seaburn beaches.
You can see a map of the Sunderland Marathon Of The North route here…
The Sunderland half-marathon route is shown here…
Finally the Sunderland 10K route can be seen here…
A video of previous running events in Sunderland including the Sunderland City 10K can be seen here…
An “extreme” engineering centre is to be built in Newcastle upon Tyne to help develop subsea technology. The £7 million Neptune National Centre will be created on the River Tyne. Business Secretary Vince Cable unveiled the centre as part of a new oil and gas strategy and said “The UK’s oil and gas sector is crucial to the economy, so we’ve worked closely with the sector on today’s industrial strategy. But its future success relies on it being underpinned by the latest science and technology. This cutting-edge new facility will help put our academic community and industry at the centre of subsea and offshore engineering research. It will drive up skills and develop the innovations needed to fuel growth in the North Sea.”
The centre is to be built on the north bank of the river Tyne at Shepherd Offshore’s Neptune Energy Park. It is billed by Newcastle University, NE1 7RU, who are providing funds for the scheme, as a centrepiece for economic revival. Lead professor for the project Nick Wright said “The Neptune Centre will create a unique facility that will significantly enhance research capacity, not just at Newcastle University but in the UK as a whole, providing a focus for the development of both new technology and academic-industry relationships that underpin future growth.” The project is also supported by Newcastle City Council and includes plans for a hyperbaric chamber which will be capable of testing technology and materials at temperatures and pressures equivalent to those found at the deepest ocean depths.
Newcastle University is to lead a national centre for subsea and offshore engineering as part of a major drive to develop new materials and technologies to explore the world’s oceans. The Neptune National Centre for Subsea and Offshore Engineering has been unveiled as a key part of the Government’s Oil and Gas Strategy. It will be the first of its kind in the UK, bringing together industry and academia to create a world-class engineering research facility. Developing technologies that can withstand one of the world’s harshest environments, the new centre will be at the forefront of our quest to harness the ocean’s potential as a source of food, energy and medicine.
Building on the region’s maritime heritage and Newcastle University’s world-leading expertise in marine engineering, the Neptune Centre will be developed on the north bank of the River Tyne on the Neptune Energy Park, a major redevelopment of the former Neptune shipyard. Neptune Energy Park is part of Shepherd Offshore, Nelson Road, Offshore Technology Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 3NL. It will be a centrepiece for the revival of this part of Tyneside, bringing with it jobs and investment. The Secretary of State said “The UK’s oil and gas sector is crucial to the economy, so we’ve worked closely with the sector on today’s industrial strategy. But its future success relies on it being underpinned by the latest science and technology. This cutting edge new facility will help put our academic community and industry at the centre of subsea and offshore engineering research. It will drive up skills and develop the innovations needed to fuel growth in the North Sea.”
The project will be part-funded through the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) from the Catalyst Fund and matched with funding from Newcastle University and the private sector. Supported by Newcastle City Council, plans include the building of a unique hyperbaric chamber and environmental test facilities which will be capable of testing technologies and materials at temperatures and pressures equivalent to those found at the very deepest ocean depths. Project lead Professor Nick Wright who is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Newcastle University, said “The Neptune Centre will create a unique facility that will significantly enhance research capacity, not just at Newcastle University but in the UK as a whole – providing a focus for the development of both new technology and academic-industry relationships that underpin future growth. Newcastle University has a long tradition of applied engineering research focussed on the marine sector – reflecting the history and tradition of both the University and the North East region. This new national centre will act as a place for industry and academia to interact, providing crucial infrastructure for emerging research opportunities. It will also provide a unique training ground for highly skilled graduates, addressing key skill shortages currently faced by UK industry.”
David Sweeney, HEFCE Director, Research, Innovation and Skills, said “HEFCE investment, combined with contributions from the university and the private sector, will enable this important research centre to be created. It will make a significant long-term impact not only on research, but also on skills and the economy.” Professor David Delpy, Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) said “Newcastle University has a fine track record of engineering research which EPSRC is proud to have supported. “This pedigree means the work at the new Neptune Centre will build on existing expertise and capability to achieve critical mass in areas that EPSRC has identified as strategically important to the UK, specifically the need for fault tolerant electronics and distributed computing in difficult and extreme environments. We are confident that research at the centre will have impact within academia and industry and that collaborative work with other institutions will bring even wider benefits.”
Iain Gray, Chief Executive, Technology Strategy Board said “The Technology Strategy Board is delighted to see that the Neptune Centre is being established in the North East, and are sure that it will make a significant and valuable contribution to the UK’s sub-sea engineering know-how and capacity. We look forward to working with the Centre and helping to support the businesses who engage with the innovative programmes it aims to deliver.” The Neptune Centre already has the backing of leading UK companies through the Subsea North-East Consortium including Shepherd Offshore, BEL Valves and SMD. Richard Dodd, Director of BEL Valves which is part of the British Engines Group, said the investment would further boost the North East’s reputation as a world leader in subsea and offshore engineering. “This partnership between Newcastle University and companies such as BEL Valves is a major opportunity for the region. It will allow us to grow our capabilities and skills base to keep us at the forefront of this highly specialised field of engineering.”
Director of Shepherd Offshore, Offshore Technology Park, Rendle Road, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 3NH Charles Shepherd said: “This is a fantastic development for the new energy park. We welcome Newcastle University onto the site and look forward to working with them in this world-leading research and development facility.” Andrew Hodgson, Vice Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of Subsea NE, said “The subsea sector is a vital part of the economic regeneration within the North East of England. There are a significant number of technology-led world leading enterprises in the region and this centre will provide a significant capability to generate new and exciting collaborative projects. Our vision remains to make the North East the recognised centre for subsea technologies on an international scale.”
You can see a video about Shepherd Offshore’s Services here. The transcript is below…
Shepherd Offshore is a world-class offshore marine services organisation specialising in the sub-sea oil and gas and offshore renewable sectors. The group have been successfully serving industry and the local community for almost 100 years from our headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne. As the largest private landowner on the river Tyne, Shepherd Offshore has been responsible for the creation of a world-class hub to meet the needs of the offshore marine industries worldwide. Specialists in land regeneration and the provisional facilities for world-class manufacturing, research and development and training. Shepherd Offshore works with the government and industry to generate benefit and deliver value to major clients and their associated supply chains. The group alone and operate two major supply bases – The Offshore Technology Park and Neptune Energy Park. Both facilities exceed international standards ensuring safe, secure and cost-effective benefits to our clients.
Shepherd Offshore’s riverside facilities, situated on over 100 acres of land, include 1,500 meters of key frontage with heavy load out capability and deep water access. The 250 tonne static overhead crane is the largest of its kind on the East coast of the UK. Our work force, operating in our state of the art facilities, enable clients to move product to its destination safely and on time. We also provide essential support services including sea fastening, fabrication, heavy lift handling and engineering solutions at our Offshore Technology Park. Major clients trust our experience and with over 80 vessel mobilisations annually our track record speaks for itself.
Shepherd Offshore are serious about health and safety and it’s key to everything we do. Clients rely on us to operate safely, our commitment to safety is second to none. The continuing availability of this expertise has already attracted some of the largest, most ambitious and most technologically innovative enterprises in the world and Shepherd Offshore are positioned to welcome even more. The group is committed to long-term strategic growth of the river Tyne in creating a fully integrated hub to meet the needs of the offshore sector in the North sea and beyond. Shepherd Offshore continues to invest in the regeneration of riverside lands to create the conditions for additional world-class manufacturing and supply operations. Shepherd Offshore’s commitment to the regeneration of the river Tyne is unrivalled. Clients put their trust in us time and again because they recognise that our highly skilled work force can deliver products and solutions to projects anywhere in the world.
Shepherd Offshore is a major presence in the industrial heartland of North East England. Alongside our world-class position in the offshore arena we also offer extensive high quality office space, substantial warehousing and other support capabilities across our North Tyne and Scottish facilities. Our property portfolio includes a number of unique developments providing for corporate hospitality and the film and TV industry. The combination of Shepherd Offshore’s support for manufacturing infrastructure, our people, facilities and location with immediate deep water access to the North sea has positioned us as a major player in the offshore renewables market. The world’s largest offshore wind turbine blades have been manufactured at Shepherd Offshore’s Neptune Renewable Energy Park. The group is uniquely placed to work in partnership with clients to develop the bespoke manufacturing and supply infrastructure that is the basis of sustained commercial success. The long-term strategic vision for Shepherd Offshore is to build on the success of creating a world-class hub for manufacturing services and training within the oil and gas, sub sea and renewable industries.