Archive Exhibition Celebrates 10 years for the National Glass Centre !

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    Article by Roger Heywood, 2nd March 2009, includes history of the J.L. Thompson shipyard - the National Glass Centre being built on the site of the former shipyard. "...National Glass Centre was the first major building to open in the UK funded by a Capital Arts Lottery award. It was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles on 23rd October 1998. A competition, initiated by the Tyne and Wear Development Corporation, and funded by the ERDF and the Arts Council / National Lottery, set out to design a building that would celebrate the heritage of glassmaking in Sunderland...."
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  • Simon Cotterill on May 10, 2015, 7:21 a.m.

    From the article "In 1976 Patrick Thompson stood down as Director of Sunderland Shipbuilder's Ltd, ending his family's 157-year link to shipbuilding on the River Wear. He was the sixth generation of Thompson's' to have been involved in Sunderland's shipbuilding heritage since his great, great, great grandfather Robert Thompson started building ships on the Wear in 1819. From the setting up of the firm of Joseph L Thompson & Sons in 1846 to the closure of the North Sands Yard in 1979, over 740 ships took to the water from this site on the Wear. During the Second World War Sunderland played a crucial role in building new ships and repairing damaged ones, and continued to lead the way in shipbuilding after the war until, with improvements in production, the worldwide market increased, and it became more difficult for British yards to compete...."

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