St. Mary's Heritage Centre

St. Mary's Heritage Centre
St Mary's Church
Tyne and Wear




0191 433 4699

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St Mary's Church and Graveyard
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St. Mary's Church, which sits high above the River Tyne close to The Sage Gateshead, reopened on the 16th December 2008 following a £1.2m transformation, funded by Gateshead Council, the European Regional Development fund and the heritage lottery fund, into Tyneside's newest visitor attraction.

The interior of the Grade 1-listed church has been completely stripped out to return it as far as possible to its former state, and is now open to the public with a programme of exhibitions and activities including a new family history section focusing on the church and the nearby area.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Heritage site, Industrial heritage site, Sacred space, Festivals

Opening hours

Tues-Sun 10.00-16.00
Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00-16.00

Closed: Monday's except Bank Holidays

Admission charges


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
War Poster

Who was George Wood? Exhibition

  • 1 November — 11 December 2014 *on now

In 1914 at the very outbreak of war, Private George Wood of Gateshead joined up at the recruiting office and became a ‘sapper’ with the Royal Engineers. Within a year he had lost his life in France near Armentieres. His name is remembered along with others on a commemoration stone placed in the grounds of St Mary’s Heritage Centre and like so many of the fallen very little is really known about their life and times.

Using records and research the exhibition enables us to look at George Wood as ‘everyman’. He is an example of every mother’s son, a brother, and friend, a Gateshead Lad. We used his story to create a learning tool for school pupils to help young people to research family, local and military history and to learn about Gateshead in 1914 and during the war years.

The Exhibition will be accompanied by a display of War Posters from the unique collection that Gateshead Central Library have in the archive, some well-known and many that were peculiar to Gateshead.

Suitable for

  • Any age