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Published on 04 March 2022

Claire McCollum and Senior Lecturer Dr Miguel Gomes Gargamala at St Peter’s Church
Claire McCollum and Senior Lecturer Dr Miguel Gomes Gargamala at St Peter’s Church

Sunderland will be the backdrop for the world’s longest-running religious television programme - Songs of Praise - when it airs this weekend.

Presenter Claire McCollum interviewed Senior Lecturer Dr Miguel Gomes Gargamala at St Peter's Church in Monkwearmouth.

Dr Gargamala, who specialises in early medieval literature and history at the University of Sunderland, discussed glassmaking in the north-east in the 7th century.

Claire also chatted to University Chaplain Chris Howson at Sunderland Minster, where he shared his love of stained glass.

Claire even tried her hand at glass blowing at the National Glass Centre at the University’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus, St Peter’s, where she also met Sunderland PhD student and emerging glass artist Anthony Amoako-Attah.

Angela SmithProfessor of Language and Culture at the University, was interviewed at community cafe and arts venue Pop Recs.

She talked about the Christian faith of some of the women included in the Rebel Women of Sunderland Project ahead of International Women's Day (Tuesday, March 8th).

The episode will be broadcast at 1.15pm on Sunday, March 6th on BBC One.

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