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Three smartly dressed and smiling people, Councillor Fay Cunningham, Mayoress Stella Matthewson and Professor Chris Gerrard, stand in front of a wall that features a blue plaque honouring Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp, 1929 - 2023.

Rosemary's blue plaque was unveiled last Thursday 23rd May, at the launch of the 'Ground Breaker' exhibition celebrating our Archaeology Department's co-founder and pioneering archaeologist.

The new 'Ground Breaker' exhibition is at Jarrow Hall - Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum, a museum which traces its roots to Rosemary and her team's work at the monastic sites of Jarrow and Monkwearmouth. This exhibition (open 28 May-17 Nov 2024) was developed in partnership with Friends of the World of Bede, Durham University, St Paul's Church, and Jarrow Hall Staff and Volunteers.

The Department of Archaeology's Professor Chris Gerrard was in attendance at the launch of this exhibition celebrating his friend and colleague, and the day included a film screening of 'Ground Breaker' and celebratory speech by Eric Cambridge.

Rosemary is one of three individuals to be honoured this year as part of South Tyneside's Blue Plaque scheme.

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