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Shiver me whiskers, we had the amazing Octonauts at the museum as part of the marine wildlife festival, the Octonauts maybe gone but we the marine wildlife festival is here all week.

4:08pm 23 Jul 2014

Have you ever wanted to learn more about John Hancock, one of the founders of the Hancock Museum? Join us for a talk on Wednesday 20th August 6.30 -7.30pm at the Great North Museum: Hancock. John Hancock was a man of many talents and amongst other things he was a landscape designer, artist and falconer. To celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Hancock Museum, James Littlewood (Director of the Natural History Society of Northumbria), will give an illustrated talk about John's life and his many achievements. To book your place email info@greatnorthmuseum.org.uk or call (0191) 208 6765.

3:36pm 22 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.


The Yemeni Riot in South Shields

18 Jul 2014

I am a MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies student at Newcastle University, as part of my degree I am completing an eight week work placement at South Shields…