The Great North Museum: Hancock will take you on exciting journey through the story of our planet and its people.

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For all you rock art aficionados we have just taken delivery of a massive cup and ring marked boulder found in Ponteland. It came from an archaeology trial trench but this is highly unlikely to have been its original location. These carved rocks are a feature of the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods in Britain and are usually found in the landscape. If you want a closer look ours is currently located by the Claremont road entrance to the Great North Museum.

12:39pm 16 Dec 2014

2014 is the International Year of Crystallography. This fine specimen of Liroconite (a rare mineral associated with copper deposits) from Cornwall, was acquired during the 19th century. It is not currently on display.

9:19am 16 Dec 2014

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Hidden Newcastle

The day in 1954 when three escaped brown bears caused havoc in Newcastle City centre and the 19th century unwrapping of an Egyptian mummy in the Lit and Phil on Westgate Road are two of the events captured in a new mobile app, all about Newcastle and its forgotten history. The Hidden Newcastle app is produced by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and NE1 Ltd with Newcastle Libraries. www.hiddennewcastle.org

A film about Discovery Museum by the Museums and Galleries Disabled Access Group

A film about Discovery Museum in Newcastle by the Museums and Galleries Disabled Access Group. Find out about Discovery Museum and what you can see here. You can also hear about the access facilities from the members of the group. The group talks about their favourite exhibits and explains what help is available for visitors such as ramps, lifts, audio guides and pre-visit information packs.

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