Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, we are

...22 miles

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Venues

Door to door we are 22 miles of innovation, art, history and science packed into 4 museums, 3 art galleries, 2 Roman Forts and 1 Archive.

We are people, we are places, we are collections, we are stories.

We are the story keepers of the North East.

For 20 years we have worked to represent and reflect the people we welcome and respect the stories that our collections hold.

...the heart of the North East

We are the place where people come together to share stories and celebrate culture. The world around us is changing and so are we.

We estimate the impact of Covid19 will reduce our income by £1.6 million this year, with repercussions going forward. Our recent closure whilst necessary, will significantly impact our ability to deliver our work in the future.

With your support we will reach out to the people and communities of the North East to support culture’s role in this new world and adapt to our region’s changing needs.

Now more than ever, we believe art, culture and heritage sits firmly at the heart of the North East - help us keep it there.

...the people we welcome

We belong to the people we welcome

1.3 million visitors, 137,244 children having fun, 8,000 people took part in our community programme, 32,074 people enjoyed The Late Shows, 4,612 Schools visits 670 creative sessions with healthcare professionals

We are memory makers: we create experiences that provoke important conversations. We build curiosity in the minds of the future. We improve the lives of 1.3 million visitors each year, by helping people to understand the world around them. We strive to remove barriers to arts culture and heritage by offering a sanctuary, a safe place to recharge, to reflect and to relax. We work to ensure all generations, from our toddler take overs to our dementia friendly workshops, can access and enjoy the benefits of culture on their doorstep.

...the stories we share

342 Boxes of Delight reached 19,468 children, 90 people trained to deliver heritage & creative sessions with 22,645 hours volunteered by 393 volunteers

We continuously collect and care for the stories that shape us as individuals and underpin our region. We connect to and share stories from our diverse communities and give those without a voice a way to articulate and connect with their own story. We collect and share experiences and stories from the region and around the world for you to discover, wherever and whenever you need them.

...the places we come from

We are a destination for all. Shaped by our natural, industrial and social landscape our collections are firmly rooted in our locality, yet nationally and internationally important. Our collections reflect how the pioneering inventions of the North East have changed the world. Through international partnerships we bring stories from across the world to the people of Tyne and Wear, helping all of us find our place in a shared history.

...the collections we care for

1.1. million items cared for, 500 Sound recordings saved & 20km of Archives

We care for your heritage. We hold the memories of those who came before us and collect the stories for those who will come after. We look after unique locations and the creations of Northern inventors which shaped our world today. We applaud and celebrate North Eastern innovation that ignites the imaginations of future generations.


Closure and the cost of reopening due to Covid19 comes at an already challenging time for the arts and culture sector. Since 2010 we have lost 60% of our public funding. After making all savings possible we need to raise £220,000 

With your support we will

  • Inspire over 1.3 million visitors every year
  • Care for and protect your heritage
  • Reflect, respect and share the stories our collections hold and the people they represent
  • Support everyone to access and use our collections and resources, wherever they are

Our activities which take place across our venues are funded by trusts and foundations, business partners and, principally, by the generosity of donors.

...support us today

You are the heart of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.    

We are excited about the future of our dynamic North East, and believe art, culture and heritage sit firmly at the heart of our region. 

If we do not secure £220,000 our future is at risk and with it the heart and soul of our region.