By Andrew Parkin, Keeper of Archaeology, Great North Museum: Hancock

Two halves of a terracotta Greek lion head waterspout. The story of how these two halves were reunited is part of the Stories from the Archive online exhibition.

The Covid-19 pandemic impacted on everyone’s lives in so many different ways. For museums like the Great North Museum: Hancock, it was challenging to try and maintain and develop relationships with audiences when physical visits were limited or, for many…


By Dan Gordon, Keeper of Biology, Great North Museum: Hancock

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An undated photo of the Uganda Railway near Mombasa (http:/www.jaduland.de, Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Abel Chapman’s time in Southern Africa was only the first of many visits to the continent. His next trip, in 1904, was to a very different place — British East Africa. This was a…


In conversation with Keeper of Art, Lizzie Jacklin

Close up of gold frame against a red wall, showing a painting of a woman in a red dress on a rock, looking out to sea
A Dark Pool, c.1917 by Laura Knight / Laing Art Gallery © The Estate of Dame Laura Knight / Bridgeman Images. Photo by Colin Davison

Challenging Convention focuses on the work of four British female artists — Laura Knight Dod Procter, Vanessa Bell and Gwen John — who were all born in the late nineteenth century but worked in the early decades of the twentieth century. …


By Ella Nixon, PhD student at Northumbria University, in collaboration with the Laing Art Gallery. Her thesis explores the representation of female artists within regional art galleries.


By Dan Gordon, Keeper of Biology, Great North Museum: Hancock

A rack of game trophies from the Chapman collection in the Great North Museum: Hancock resource centre.

In the museum’s basement is a room filled with heads. Row after row of them stare out from metal racks, glassy eyed and bristling with every kind of horn and antler. Visitors to this room are sometimes awestruck at the…


By Andy Cole, Customer Services Assistant, Discovery Museum

TWCMS: 2000.5713, a Fisher-Price train set. The box shows a young boy playing with the trains.

Andy is a Customer Services Assistant at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM), based at Discovery Museum. He welcomes visitors and prepares them for their visit, engages people with our local history and helps care for the objects, items and exhibits…


By Jo Anderson, Assistant Keeper of Archaeology, Great North Museum: Hancock.

Painting of mummified body being examined by a group of men. Some are wearing red fez hats. A crowd of women are watching the examination.
“Examination of a mummy”, by Paul Dominique Philippoteaux (1891).

Irtyru — the mummified woman displayed in the Great North Museum: Hancock — is well known to generations of adults and children from Newcastle upon Tyne and beyond. Irtyru has been in the museum now for a very long…


This month, the Shipley Art Gallery interviewed Mella Shaw — ceramicist, guest lecturer, writer, freelance curator and winner of the 2020 Henry Rothschild Bursary. In our conversation, Mella reflects on her career, inspirations and progress with her latest project, Rare Earth.


By Gemma Ashby, Assistant Keeper of History, Discovery Museum

TWCMS: 2015.1524 — WRNS recruitment poster

Free a Man for the Fleet

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is about to commence on a partnership project with the Imperial War Museums (IWM) examining stories of the Second World War and exploring its diverse history on Tyneside…


By Jane Saul, Postgraduate student, MA by Research, University of Exeter, working on poor relief in Eighteenth Century Battersea

‘Church and House in Landscape’, late eighteenth century drawing, pencil and watercolour on paper by artist William Beilby (1740–1819), courtesy Laing Art Gallery

Amongst the holdings of the Laing Art Gallery is a watercolour simply entitled Church and House in Landscape by William Beilby. To connoisseurs of eighteenth century art William Beilby’s name is…

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