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Today is Australia Day! So, in celebration here's one of our most important Australian objects, a stuffed specimen of the Common wombat. This peculiar looking creature left Australia in 1798, and was the first to reach the British Isles. It was stuffed stood up like a squirrel by a taxidermist who had never seen the animal alive, and assumed the rough skin on it's back legs meant it sat upright. You can see the wombat on display in our Explore Gallery.

11:26am 26 Jan 2015

This is a repost but hey, we just like it so much. Today is the birthday of the Emperor Hadrian. He was born 24January ( making today his 1,939th birthday. This copper-alloy coin featuring the Emperor Hadrian is a beautiful example of a Roman sestertius. It was found in the River Tyne, and was deposited there in 132AD as an offering to the river gods when the Roman bridge 'Pons Aelius' was built. It is in the collection of

1:13pm 24 Jan 2015

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Hidden Newcastle

The day in 1954 when three escaped brown bears caused havoc in Newcastle City centre and the 19th century unwrapping of an Egyptian mummy in the Lit and Phil on Westgate Road are two of the events captured in a new mobile app, all about Newcastle and its forgotten history. The Hidden Newcastle app is produced by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and NE1 Ltd with Newcastle Libraries. www.hiddennewcastle.org

A film about Discovery Museum by the Museums and Galleries Disabled Access Group

A film about Discovery Museum in Newcastle by the Museums and Galleries Disabled Access Group. Find out about Discovery Museum and what you can see here. You can also hear about the access facilities from the members of the group. The group talks about their favourite exhibits and explains what help is available for visitors such as ramps, lifts, audio guides and pre-visit information packs.

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FLAG A Momentous year ahead!!

21 Jan 2015

Happy New Year! Now that the festive season is behind us we can look forward to an exciting 2015! As January always seems to be a long, cold and dark month why…