The excavation of memory and imagination. The fleeting moment. The forgotten story.

Half Memory invites artists and musicians working with sound and the moving image to unearth material from the collections of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums to inspire new work. Photography. Illustrations. Artefacts. Diaries. Ephemera. People. Places. Stories. Ideas.

This site is a collection of the work produced as part of Half Memory.

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Half Memory has been produced by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums in association with Tusk Music and Pixel Palace


 Short film about Half Memory with Richard Dawson


Half Memory live performance




On Sunday 28 April 2013, the Tyneside Cinema hosted a unique audio-visual performance by North East musicians Warm Digits and Richard Dawson. The artists performed work produced as part of Half Memory, compositions inspired by museums and archive collections. Read more.



Warm Digits - Interchange

Warm Digits make a semi-improvised brew of metronomic rhythms, snowstorm guitar and radiophonic electronics, dual-laptop electro, swathes of no-wave guitar and frantic free jazz drumming. INTERCHANGE is their experimental film and album of music inspired by photography and illustrations drawn from the Tyne and Wear Archives, of the 1970s’ biggest civil engineering project on Tyneside – the construction of Metro. Read more.


Richard Dawson - The Glass Trunk


Front cover of 'The Glass Trunk'


A much-loved musical spectacle in his native Newcastle for many years now, Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour who sings and plays guitar with a rare intensity and a very singular style. Richard has taken inspiration from photographs, letters, newspapers and illustrations from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums collections to create The Glass Trunk. This album is a collection of six unaccompanied songs painting aspects of the stories Richard has unearthed, sometimes joyous, sometimes emotional, other times rabble-rousing, occasionally all three. Read more.