Public programme supporting groups of people living, working or studying in Tyneside

The Network Programme

Collage showing people engaged in a variety of activities

What is The Network Programme?

The Network Programme is a public programme that supports groups of people who live, work or study on Tyneside. The programme is about museums, art galleries and archives having a social use and value.

What do you do?

We collaborate with people outside of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) to actively transform TWAM spaces, venues, collections and audience experience.

The Network is a catalyst for innovative ideas and new partnerships; it challenges the expected heritage experience so we can think about the world in new and exciting ways.

Many sessions include a mix of the following:

  • Meeting curators and museum staff
  • Visiting exhibitions
  • Behind-the-scenes tours
  • Object handling workshops
  • Delivering workshops and provide training using new (and old) technologies
  • Exhibitions
  • Public programmes
  • Supporting partnership funding bids

We produce:

  • Collaborative events
  • Exhibitions
  • Public programmes

 Wider support includes:

  •  Supporting partnership funding bids

 How can I get involved?

We are open to new collaborations and work with a huge range of people who live on Tyneside.

We would love to hear new ideas from community organisations, resident associations, universities, libraries, colleges, charities, hospitals, designers, researchers, community-run cinemas, creative producers, local history groups, artists, scientists, musicians, young adult groups, therapists, beekeepers, writers or refuse collectors…….

  • Training for carers and professionals who work with people in recovery on how to use museums and galleries
  • Boxes of Delight – museum handling objects subscription service for community groups

Where can I find more information?

Look out for details on this website and our partner websites. Leaflets and posters are used to promote activities across the 9 TWAM venues and in partner venues. Call us and speak to the programme lead or send an email.

Network Programme lead – Michael McHugh

Phone: (0191) 277 2298