10 April 2019

North East awarded funding to develop creative learning opportunities with Tyneside schools

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Two leading North East arts and cultural organisations, The Forge and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, have been awarded funding by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation through their Teacher Development Fund.

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25 March 2019

MP praised achievements of local schoolchildren at Discovery Museum’s New Inventors Showcase

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Year four pupils from Wingrove Primary School in Fenham, Newcastle presented their invention ideas in front of an audience, which included Member of Parliament for Newcastle Central, Chi Onwurah, and local councillor, Jamie Driscoll alongside science and engineering professionals, at Discovery Museum on Friday 1 March.

The New Inventors Showcase was the culmination of a weeklong school residency with the museum’s second Inventor in Residence, Matt Wright aka Magnetic Matt. Inspired by the region’s longstanding contribution to the generation and use of power, such as the invention of the National Grid, local schoolchildren worked with Matt to look at ideas around the generation of renewable and sustainable energy.

This project is part of New Inventors: Inventors in Residence, Discovery Museum’s broader residency programme working with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) practitioners to deliver an innovative school and events programme to spark imagination and inspire a new generation of inventors, designers and makers. New Inventors was made possible thanks to a grant from the Platten Family Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Carolyn Ball, Manager of Discovery Museum, said: “At Discovery Museum we aim to ignite the curiosity and creativity of young minds through our collections and hands-on learning programme. What struck me most at the Showcase was the young group’s enthusiasm and desire to learn and participate in the science challenges. This reinforces our belief that you can positively influence attitudes towards STEM at this impressionable age, and encourage aspirations to study or work in this field.”

Matt Wright, current Inventor in Residence said: “Today's society faces huge challenges, and learning about how the things around us work can help us to help find solutions. It was a joy to work with the intelligent pupils at Wingrove Primary, who I hope will continue to be curious about the world around them.”

Guests of honour were engineer and local philanthropist Tony Platten and Chi Onwurah, a former electrical engineer, who both captivated the pupils around the value of STEM learning and the impact these young children could make to their own lives, and the future of the planet.

Tony Platten said: “When I inspected the projects developed by the young class, the excitement that the pupils displayed in describing their work was inspiring! They could not get the words out of their mouths quick enough. I hope this work will encourage some of them to consider engineering, in all its forms, as a potential career in the future.”

In addition to the school residency, Inventor In Residence, Matt has used the museum’s collection, including world firsts from Joseph Swan (incandescent light bulb); Charles Parsons (steam turbine); William Armstrong (domestic hydro generator), to devise an electrifying series of family events exploring the power of wind and water. Visit for event details.

Funding is in place for Discovery Museum to recruit one more STEM practitioner this spring - to carry out a third school residency. This opportunity will be announced shortly via

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19 March 2019

Line up and headline sponsor announced for the Late Shows

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NewcastleGateshead’s annual culture crawl is back 17 and 18 May

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11 March 2019

Win an exclusive behind the scenes experience with Dippy the Dinosaur

A lucky raffle winner will get the chance to go behind the scenes with the Natural History Museum team as they install Dippy the Dinosaur at the Great North Museum: Hancock this May.

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22 February 2019

Archaeological report published for Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend

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28 years of findings published from the Roman fort at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall, Wallsend in North Tyneside

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11 February 2019

Join our Strategic Board

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We are seeking an independent Board member who has an interest in and enthusiasm for museums and archives in the North East and is committed to the contribution they can deliver to making a difference in people’s lives.

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28 January 2019

Calling all venues for the Late Shows 2019

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Find out more about taking part in this year's event.

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24 January 2019

South Tyneside football memorabilia wanted for exhibition

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Football fans and players of teams connected to South Tyneside are being asked to contribute to an exhibition at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery.

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17 January 2019

Stephenson Railway Museum awarded funding from DCMS/Wolfson Foundation

Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £94,500 from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

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17 January 2019

Free tickets announced for Dippy's Newcastle visit

It is announced today that free tickets to see Dippy in Newcastle will be available via from 9am on Friday 1 February.

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10 January 2019

Seminar on The Future of Civic Museums: A Think Piece - update

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Join the debate at the V&A on Friday 25 January

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27 November 2018

Free museum and gallery events for National Lottery players

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A big thank you to National Lottery players 3-9 December 2018

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20 November 2018

Newcastle City Council Budget Consultation

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Newcastle City Council is inviting residents, businesses, partners and employees to take part in a consultation until 6 January 2019 to gather views on their 2019-20 budget proposals.

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20 November 2018

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Great Exhibition recognised at Northern Soul Awards

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Great Exhibition of the North and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) have achieved a cultural hat-trick at The Northern Soul Awards 2018.

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19 November 2018

Help shape our corporate membership programme

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We're seeking business-minded professionals from across Tyneside who are happy to share their thoughts in an informal gathering to discuss corporate membership.

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09 November 2018

Generous donation made to the Dr Hari Shukla Fund for Diversity and Inclusion

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The North East Chinese Association has donated £1,000 to the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Development Trust towards the Dr Hari Shukla Fund for Diversity and Inclusion.

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06 November 2018

North East Launch of Research Project showing positive impact of museums on health and wellbeing

TWAM is launching the findings of the Not So Grim Up North research project on Wednesday 7 November, 3-5pm at Great North Museum: Hancock, which concluded that interaction with museums had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia, stroke survivors and mental health service users.

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05 November 2018

The Future Of Civic Museums Seminar - Friday 25 January 2019

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Join us at this seminar hosted by the V&A to discuss a new report published in July 2018: The Future of Civic Museums: A Think Piece.

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01 November 2018

Two new exhibitions on Tyneside mark 100 years since the Armistice

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Two exhibitions chronicling the aftermath of the First World War on both sides of the River Tyne have opened.

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12 October 2018

Time to Change - TWAM signs the pledge

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Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) has signed an employer pledge with Time to Change, the growing social movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness which supports people to open up to mental health problems.

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