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Thanks to everyone who took part in our Geordie Day: Celebrating the Diverse cultures in Tyneside. If you took part please tell us what you thought about the day. Please visit and leave your thoughts?

5:03pm 31 Jul 2014

If you're visiting us for Geordie Day today. Make sure you stop by our Destination Tyneside Gallery and take a look at our My Tyneside Wall.

My Tyneside Wall - Discovery Museum
The My Tyneside Wall is a permanent display of individual or family names situated in our new Destination Tyneside gallery at Discovery Museum. We have created this special wall to commemorate the contributions made by migrants to Tyneside and it is open to everyone.

11:49am 31 Jul 2014


The Secret Bunker

Kitty Brightwell, a former plotter in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during World War II, tells the fascinating history of Newcastle's Secret Bunker. Find out how this RAF Fighter Command Headquarters in Kenton played a hugely significant role in the Battle of Britain. The film can be used alongside a Box of Delight (our free artefact loan service for schools) from Discovery Museum, and ends with Kitty setting a Secret Bunker Challenge to participants using the artefact box.

Matthew Darbyshire: Oak Effect

Artist Matthew Darbyshire talks to us in his studio about creating Oak Effect. This major new installation at The Shipley Art Gallery (25th January - 17th May 2014) by one of Britain's most exciting artists Matthew Darbyshire consists of a huge variety of wooden objects arranged in a home interior, itself constructed wholly from oak veneer. The objects were chosen by Matthew Darbyshire from the venues and stored collections managed by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums including those of the Natural History Society of Northumbria. Oak Effect explores a world of collisions between objects, styles and eras and creates an unsettling tension between the authentic and artificial. The installation was displayed at Bloomberg Space, London in April 2013 and is a collaboration between Bloomberg SPACE, Tramway Glasgow and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.