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Glass Centre investment includes catering upgrade

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The National Glass Centre, of the North East’s most popular tourist attractions, is to relaunch its restaurant, after awarding its catering contract to Sunderland’s 1879 Events Management.

The newly named National Glass Centre Brasserie will offer a daytime menu and open as a destination restaurant at night, with the emphasis on a menu using local and regional products.

The awarding of the contract is the latest success for 1879 Event Management, a subsidiary company of Sunderland Football Club, which has won a number of major public and private catering contracts since it was launched a year ago.

It is hoped that bringing 1879 Event Management’s expertise on board will attract new business to the National Glass Centre, which was taken over by the University of Sunderland in 2010.

Over £2m is being invested in the Sunderland-based venue to make it one of the region’s most popular visitor attractions, strengthening further the wider cultural offer in the region as well as cementing its place nationally as the national centre for glass.

Arts Council England is funding the project to the tune of £750,000, while the centre received £350,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund along with a range of donations from smaller charitable foundations.

The Victoria and Albert Museum has praised the centre’s vision and the new team leading that vision and has also expressed real interest in collaboration.