The Jarrow Crusade: Marching into History

@ South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

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01 October 2016 - 26 February 2017

All day during museum opening hours

Donations welcome

Marking the Jarrow Crusade’s 80th anniversary, this exhibition brings new light to a legendary event that captured the imagination of a nation. The march illustrated the plight of the people of Jarrow, whose shipyard had closed and where government, the banks and employers blocked plans for a new steelworks. As the local Member of Parliament Ellen Wilkinson remarked, Jarrow “provided an object lesson” of what the austerity of the 1930s could do to a town. Outraged at the neglect of the town, the council organised a 300 mile trek to London.

The exhibition will reveal details about the 200 marchers from Jarrow: their hardships, their lives, their town and their protest against injustice. It will incorporate archive photographs, artefacts and contemporary footage.

Venue
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery
Ocean Road
South Shields
NE33 2JA

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