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A team of volunteers are setting off on a mission to select items from Glasgow Museums Burrell Collection and bring them back to Bede's World in Jarrow.


In a first of its kind community led initiative the curators of the Burrell Collection which forms part of the Scottish National Collection are loaning a number of artefacts while their permanent home is closed for a major 4-year refurbishment.

Mike Benson, Director of Bede's World said: "The idea is to involve the community, stakeholders and volunteers who are part of Bede's World to drive the process of actually selecting items to exhibit. The strength of this project is the conversations that can happen between individuals with different ways of seeing the world - from a group of knitting nanas to a Japanese glass artist to a classic car enthusiast. Through these selecting conversations we hope to learn more, as museum practitioners, about why people fall in love with different objects, and so help the objects to tell their stories better.

"This is a unique project that already has other museums and galleries interested in how it will work - but essentially there is little to no limitation on what the team will select.  We have deliberately not set restrictions on the items, though some will of course be less able to be transported due to their condition or size."

The Burrell Collection is one of the greatest art collections in the world, consisting of more than 9,000 antiquities, objects, tapestries and paintings. Collected by Sir William Burrell, the Scottish shipping magnate, over 80 years, Sir William gifted the collection to the city of Glasgow in 1944 to be enjoyed and admired by all.

Susan Wear, Port of Tyne Director of Corporate Affairs: said "The Port is very proud to be a corporate partner with Bede's World and help make this project happen and with Burrell being an avid collector of all sorts of things from parts of buildings to furniture, art and curiosities, gathered from all over the world by virtue of his shipping business I'm sure we will be spoiled for choice."

The Heritage Lottery funded project will see the team from Bede's World set off to visit the Burrell Collection over a series of trips the first taking place on Thursday 26th February.

Joining the 10 volunteers is David Profit, Port of Tyne Building Engineer, "It is a really exciting project and I'm delighted to be part of the team that will get to explore this incredible collection."

Grant Leckie one of the Curatorial & Learning team at the Burrell Collection said: "This is an excellent opportunity to see the collection take this journey from Glasgow to Jarrow which is closer to their original home of Berwick upon Tweed. Hopefully the project will also help display some of the objects rarely on public view to a new audience."

Once the team have deliberated and decided which objects to bring back to Bede's World, special permission will be sought from the Scottish Parliament for the items to leave Scotland for an exhibition at Bede's World during 2016.


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