As part of Newcastle University, the Great North Museum and its collections are actively used for teaching and research.

Key teaching and research areas include:

  • Museology
  • Zoology - for example genomics, clinal variation and species distribution
  • Palaeontology - for example vertebrate evolution and Devonian fish
  • Archaeology - for example use-wear analysis, Roman Britain, pre-historic burial practices
  • Egyptology - forensic archaeology
  • World Cultures
  • Creative applications for technology - including participatory design

Great North Museum: Resource Centre

The reserve collections are stored at the Great North Museum: Resource Centre,  based in Discovery Museum.  The store has a class room and research rooms which are available by appointment for teaching and research.  Please contact: (0191) 222 6765 or email:

Useful links

Newcastle University:

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

School of Arts & Cultures

Sustainability Institute

School of Marine Science and Technology

Archaeology Resources:

Portable Antiquities Scheme

Ostearchaeological Analysis and Radiocarbon Dating of Early Bronze Age Human Remains in Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Collections

The Cutting Edge project

Shefton Archive Project (funded by Pilgrim Trust) - email

Research Meetings:

The Tyne-Forth Prehistory Forum

Teaching-related projects and resources: 

The Great North Museum library

Architectural vocabulary

Greek pottery 

Roman artefacts 


Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies

Newcastle's Young Archaeologists Club

Teachers’ Tool Kit: Excavate at School! The Archaeology Mini-Dig Taster Programme



A selection of the Newcastle University modules use the Great North Museum for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. To find out more, you can attend a Newcastle University undergraduate visit day or postgraduate visit day