Journeys of Discovery - young people handling objects
Journeys of Discovery is the North East strand of Stories of the World; a London 2012 initiative to encourage young people to delve into local museum collections. Over 100 young people from Newcastle, Durham and Middlesbrough have explored world cultures and worked behind-the-scenes at museums to create three original, interlinked exhibitions.
To find out more visit www.journeysofdiscovery.org.uk
Made in China: Experiences and Exports
16 June - 16 September 2012
Oriental Museum, Durham
This exhibition explores relations between Britain and China between 1500 and the present day. The exhibition combines the internationally significant Chinese collections of the Oriental Museum with archaeological evidence discovered in Durham city, personal memories from the local community, and archival material from the university archives.
From early-European maps of China, to an English archdeacon’s chopstick holder; from porcelain beer mugs to Olympic mascots, the exhibition explores the diverse ranges of objects and experiences that link Britain and China in both the past and present.
Pacific Journeys of Discovery: Exploring New Worlds
17 June - 9 September 2012
Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough
Displayed alongside objects from the North East’s collections is a vibrant collection of responses to these objects and cultures. Young people have learned about the cultures from a selection of the countries visited by Captain Cook and his crew, especially Maori and Aboriginal, and have gained an insight into how these cultures are still thriving today.
The Curious Case of…
21 July - 23 September 2012
Great North Museum: Hancock
Exploring the fascinating stories behind a range of objects, this exhibition will look at how objects from around the world have made their way into the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums collection, and how these form a path into a wider global story and provoke a range of discussions and interpretations surrounding the objects.