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Great blog from Laing Art Gallery's Sarah Richardson about family memories as she takes a look at a soldier's sketchbook.

Family memories - a soldier's Great War sketchbook | Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Blog
Recently, one of our visitors has shown us some interesting First World War drawings by his grandfather, Private James McGarrigle. A coal miner at Seaton Delaval before he joined up, Private McGarrigle was a soldier with 7th Northumberland Fusiliers Observation Corps throughout the war. He wasn't a…

10:46am 17 Oct 2014

There's an interesting play at Live Theatre Newcastle running until 25 October.

The play is about Ian Mclaughlin's true life search for the father he never knew growing up and questions if there's more than DNA linking Ian to his missing father.

Check out the review below.

Good Timin' | The Crack Magazine
A cast of one is a nerve-wracking experience for everyone concerned - the audience and the actor. If they're no good, there's nowhere to turn, or look.

3:34pm 16 Oct 2014



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.

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.


Ebola and Plague in Newcastle in 1636

22 Oct 2014

We’ve all become aware of the recent awful effects of the Ebola virus in West Africa and its impact on the people of that area.  A range of responses…

Lice Hunter

Imagine an enemy attacking everywhere but hard to spot. Imagine an enemy that can't be shot, will not surrender and keeps coming back. Worse still, imagine an enemy that has six legs and lives on human blood...

We are talking lice!

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RMS Mauretania was one of the most famous ships ever built on Tyneside.

Click hereto play the Mauretania game.