To begin your search, please type a word in the search box and then select whether you wish to see all records or only those with an image. Why not try searching for "engine", "ship model" or "dress"?


The database currently holds records for natural sciences specimens, archaeology and Egyptology, world culture, science and technology, social and maritime history, and art and craft collections.


This is the first phase of online access to our collections and search results may be limited. The database will grow as we continue to develop object knowledge and information and add more images. If you spot a mistake or have any comment or query, please contact


Please be aware that this database contains a great variety of information and images. It may include images of objects that could offend some people, or that local communities might consider sacred or special.


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The images and text published on this collections database are for private use only, not for copying, reproduction or publication. Images are low resolution. The copyright holder for these digital images is Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. In the case of art works, the artist, maker, designer or their agent may hold copyright in the original artwork. By choosing to view the collections you have accepted these conditions.


If you would like to reproduce an image or purchase a copy of an image, please view the licensing pages of our website. 


For further information about direct access to stored collections please e-mail You may want to ask us to research for you which may incur a charge. Click here to find out about our paid-for research service.