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Great album of photos here. Thx Alex! Hope you had a great time exploring with Barry :)

Discovery Museum

A real hidden gem of the city, the FREE to enter Discovery Museum covers everything from the world's first light bulb to Napoleon's purse!

1:45pm 18 Aug 2014

Who's coming to Big Thursday this week? It's Science day and we're exploring light and sound. We will be making kaleidoscopes, watching science shows and there's even a family disco with lots of fun and games. Make sure you wear your dancing shoes!! (Small charge applies to disco)

9:47am 18 Aug 2014

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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.

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Angel

14 Aug 2014

A couple of us volunteers at the Laing Art Gallery are recording details of a large archive of material relating to the Tyneside Victorian artist Ralph Hedley.