BREAKING GROUND – film screening in Jarrow Hall

pic. Dame Rosemary Cramp DBE.

After filming over 25 years with a wide variety of people from carers, homeless, community workers, professional footballers, musicians, actors and celebrities this was possibly one of the easiest I’ve filmed.

By easiest I mean when the red light flashes there was less prompting with the prepared set of questions – it was press record and off we go.

It was back in 2015 on a sweltering hot summer day in Jarrow Hall I made Breaking Ground, a short film featuring an interview with Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp (link below). Rosemary is a British archaeologist who was the first female professor at Durham University.

Hannah Mather from Jarrow Hall Museum, Farm & Village – formerly Bede’s World – saw the film via the You Tube channel and asked if it can be shown in a new exhibition.    

“The film will be displayed in the permanent gallery of the Age of Bede exhibition, as part of the ‘Women in Jarrow: A Herstory’ temporary exhibition at Jarrow Hall. It will run from 27 May until 3 July 2022 and will highlight women who have impacted Jarrow’s history”. 

“One of the women the museum will be highlighting is Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp, who led the excavations of the Wearmouth-Jarrow Monastery. The film will be a great addition to the gallery space which showcases artefacts from Jarrow monastery collection”. 

“It’s a joy for us to be able to have Breaking Ground playing as this gives additional context to the excavated material, and tells the very human story of the dig and shows how proud local people are to have taken part in it”.

‘Women in Jarrow: A Herstory’ at Jarrow Hall 27 May – 3 July 2022.

Contact the official website for details:

Jarrow Bede & Professor Rosemary Cramp – BREAKING GROUND- documentary (Alikivi, 12 mins. 2015) – YouTube

Alikivi  May 2022