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Thanks Barry Forshaw Photography for this lovely write up of us as a wedding venue. And speaking of which, we have another wedding coming up soon - can't wait

Newcastle upon Tyne Wedding Venues - Laing Art Gallery
I'm so excited to bring you a truly unique and stunning Newcastle wedding venue today - the Laing Art Gallery. Before I became a professional photographer I was a wedding registrar, and I conducted thousands of weddings across Newcastle. Many of those weddings took place in the same venue over and…

10:00am 27 Jul 2014

A John Martin print from our collection which you may not have seen. This is 'Seventh Plague of Egypt' (1828) and it's an etching illustrating one of the biblical plagues

11:01am 24 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.