Magic Worlds

22 March 2014 to 22 June 2014

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we can't resist sharing this - the #selfie to top all selfies! Owen Humphreys took this at Washington Wildlife centre. Well, the otter did! Do you think it will come and give us a #magicworldselfie ??

4:04pm 23 Apr 2014

Are you batty about bats? Have you booked your place yet for this two week class here with expert Tina Wiffen? Call (0191) 2225121 or email

Introduction to Bats of the North East - Great North Museum: Hancock
Join expert Tina Wiffen for this two part class to learn about the bats that can be found in the North East and learn how to detect and identify bats in the wild.

2:33pm 22 Apr 2014



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.


The Berengaria visits the River Tyne

17 Apr 2014

Over the past couple of months, work has been progressing steadily on the ‘Workshop of the World’ project. I’ve been working through the…