29. Sunderland (3) National Glass Centre and River Wear & Harbour Views
From the River Wear bridges you can walk along the 'riverside' to the National Glass Centre.
Shadows in another light - St Peter's Riverside sculpture on the north bank of the River Wear.
On the St Peter's Campus of Sunderland University stands a sculpture depicting the beautiful illuminated manuscripts of the Celtic monks of the 7th-9th centuries.
The painstaking scribes working on the costly production of these magnificently illustrated biblical works.
The facade of the National Glass Centre on a site close to where it is believed that the first stained glass was produced by the monks at Monkwearmouth the late 7th century.
Looking from the foyer on the 1st floor, down into the Throwingstones Restaurant-Cafe.
Looking down into the 'glass' shop! and beyond to Sunderland Harbour and Marina.
There are lots of 'colourful' displays illustrating the many uses of glass.
There are video films on glass making and hands on things for kids to do and you can watch demonstrations of glass blowing.
As a retired chemistry teacher, I particularly enjoyed this coloured creation of laboratory glassware used in chemistry and a scaled up example of what it really looks like in a chemical plant!
A huge variety of glassware is for sale in a great variety of style, shape and colour! Glasses, bowls, vases, jugs, decorative artefacts etc.
Then a visit to the Throwing Stones Cafe before a stroll along to the harbour and marina.
Views of the harbour entrance and marina.
Two views of the mouth of the River Wear, cranes and docks on the right, Sunderland University and the National Glass Centre on the left river bank.
SUNDERLAND INDEX 27. Sunderland (1) River Wear Bridges, Monkwearmouth Station & Museum * 28. Sunderland (2) St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth * 29. Sunderland (3) National Glass Centre, River Wear & Harbour Views * 30. Sunderland (4) St Andrew's Church, Roker * 32 Sunderland (5) The Winter Gardens
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