Discovery Museum

Discovery Museum Science and local history museum based in Newcastle upon Tyne. From the region's shipbuilding heritage to inventions that changed the world. Please note: Discovery Museum is now closed on Bank Holidays.

Discovery Museum is a science and local history museum based in Newcastle upon Tyne and managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. It is the ideal place to find out all about life on Tyneside, from the region's shipbuilding heritage to inventions which changed the world. Packed full of interesting collections and interactive displays it is the perfect place for all ages to learn and have fun. With a ongoing programme of temporary exhibitions and permanent displays there will always be something new to see each time you visit. We're open 7 days a week and admission is free!

Happy 20th anniversary to the museum & Roman fort at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum 🎉
17/06/2020

Happy 20th anniversary to the museum & Roman fort at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum 🎉

This day, 20 years ago, Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum opened to the public. There had been plans to celebrate the anniversary at the Museum itself today, but due to the current situation, we’re taking the celebrations online and we’re inviting you to join in.

Were you there at the opening of Segedunum? We’d love to hear your memories and see any photos you have of the day. To get us started, TWAM’s Head of Programmes & Collections, Bill Griffiths, shares his memories of opening day in his blog. https://blog.twmuseums.org.uk/opening-segedunum-a-recollection/

A Newcastle United shirt worn by star player Jackie Milburn in the 1951-52 football season [museum ref 99302]. 'Wor Jack...
17/06/2020

A Newcastle United shirt worn by star player Jackie Milburn in the 1951-52 football season [museum ref 99302]. 'Wor Jackie' was Newcastle's best loved number 9 in those days, scoring 239 goals in 494 appearances for the club. Milburn was part of the FA Cup winning teams of 1951, 1952 and 1955, and was capped for England 13 times. This shirt was given to player Barrie Thomas in 1962 to commemorate the occasion of his signing for Newcastle United in January 1962.

The second image [museum ref 973926a] shows the ticket for the 1955 FA cup final between Newcastle United and Manchester City on 7 May. Newcastle won 3 – 0. Jackie Millburn scored Newcastle’s first goal after just 45 seconds – a record only broken in 1997 when Italian midfielder Roberto Di Matteo of Chelsea scored against Middlesbrough within 42 seconds, breaking Wor Jackie’s 42-year record.

When Milburn left Newcastle in 1957, he was the highest goal scorer in Newcastle United's history – until he was exceeded by another legendary number 9 – Alan Shearer in February 2006. Newcastle United.

Updates from our Boxes of Delight team here at Discovery Museum - fabulous high quality learning resources for teachers ...
16/06/2020

Updates from our Boxes of Delight team here at Discovery Museum - fabulous high quality learning resources for teachers available from September.

This week would normally have been Science Works Week at Discovery Museum 🧪 🧫 🧬

Our science related boxes, such as ‘The Story of Evolution’ will be available for schools to loan from September 📦: https://twamschools.org.uk/boxes-of-delight/science

#DiscoveryAtHome

It's day 2 of our Science Works week resources! Have you ever tried coding? We've got some simple starter worksheets to ...
16/06/2020
Week 9 - Science Works | Discovery Museum

It's day 2 of our Science Works week resources! Have you ever tried coding? We've got some simple starter worksheets to download to get you started: visit this page https://bit.ly/ScienceWorks__ #DiscoveryatHome

Science Works week is an annual celebration of science at the Discovery Museum. For the last 30 years the Discovery Museum has welcomed hundreds of school children over the course of the week, to take part in practical science sessions.  

15/06/2020
week 9 - Discovery at Home

Science Works week is an annual celebration of science at the Discovery Museum. For the last 30 years the Discovery Museum has welcomed hundreds of school children over the course of the week, to take part in practical science sessions. For our 31st year we're bringing Science Works Week to you at home.

Over the course of this week starting we'll share different activities each day. Day 1 *how-to* make a membranophone at home. #discoveryathome #scienceworks

We are looking forward to welcoming you back as soon as it is safe to do so. Please help us with our plans for reopening...
15/06/2020
Reopening our museums and galleries

We are looking forward to welcoming you back as soon as it is safe to do so. Please help us with our plans for reopening by taking a 5-10 min survey.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/museumopening

Thanks.

This survey is to help us understand how you feel about visiting our museums and galleries in the future and what actions we can take to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience at our venues.

Born #onthisday 9 June 1781, ‘Father of the Railways’ engineer, Northumbrian George Stephenson was born. He and son Robe...
09/06/2020

Born #onthisday 9 June 1781, ‘Father of the Railways’ engineer, Northumbrian George Stephenson was born. He and son Robert were rail travel pioneers and their names are synonymous with invention and the North East.

On the opening day of the Stockton and Darlington Railway 27 September 1825, 'Locomotion No.1' (model pictured) pulled the very first train on the Stockton and Darlington line. George Stephenson acted as the train driver.

George Stephenson also invented the miner’s lamp. Stephenson's earliest lamp had a perforated metal cover which was later substituted with a wire gauze cover, similar to other safety lamps of the early 1800s. Under the gauze was a glass cover, which shielded the flame from air currents. This lamp became known as the 'Geordie'.

Some people argue that it was this that gave the people of Tyneside the name ‘Geordie’ although there are other theories too!

This model of No 1 steam locomotive [museum ref TWCMS : C4443] is on display in the Tyneside Challenge Gallery.

The lamp [museum ref TWCMS : B2961] is one display in the Working Lives Gallery.

🎵 "Aa went to Blaydon Races, 'twas on the ninth of Joon,Eiteen hundred an' sixty-two, on a summer's efternoon;Aa tyuk th...
09/06/2020

🎵 "Aa went to Blaydon Races, 'twas on the ninth of Joon,
Eiteen hundred an' sixty-two, on a summer's efternoon;
Aa tyuk the 'bus frae Balmbra's, an' she wis heavy laden,
Away we went 'lang Collin'wood Street, that's on the road to Blaydon.

"Ah me lads, ye shudda seen us gannin',
We pass'd the foaks alang the road just as they wor stannin';
Thor wis lots o' lads an' lassies there, aal wi' smiling faces,
Gannin' alang the Scotswood Road, to see the Blaydon Races." etc 🎵

This is the bell that would start the Blaydon horse races and was used by the Town Crier of Blaydon, John Broon between 1861 and 1935.

The last horse races were held in 1916 but their fame lives on in the popular Tyneside folk song the 'Blaydon Races'.

The famous song was written by the performer George ‘Geordie’ Ridley in 1862 and was a popular Victorian music hall song; it is also still chanted on the football terraces at Newcastle United, and many more places!

Today, the Blaydon Races is a road race resurrected by the Blaydon Harriers in 1981 which follows the route of the original horse racegoers in the Geordie Ridley song. Blaydon Harriers & Athletics Club.

The bell [museum ref TWCMS : H2788] is on display here in the Newcastle Story Gallery.

This week is Volunteers week. We’d like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who help support us, including the ...
05/06/2020

This week is Volunteers week. We’d like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who help support us, including the Friends of Discovery Museum who make a valuable contribution to the museum. Thank you, to all of you, from all of us here at Discovery Museum.

Museums in quarantine; Armstrong's No 1 gun before the pandemic and how it currently sits.
04/06/2020

Museums in quarantine; Armstrong's No 1 gun before the pandemic and how it currently sits.

The #DiscoveryatHome family activity this week is inspired by the bridges that have spanned the River Tyne between Newca...
03/06/2020

The #DiscoveryatHome family activity this week is inspired by the bridges that have spanned the River Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead over the centuries.

This is a model of the 13 century Tyne Bridge - complete with wooden houses; the second image we made ourselves in our bridge building challenge!

Try making a bridge too using our activity sheets here > https://bit.ly/Discovery_bridges

Share your creations with us [email protected].

'Am I not a man and a brother?’This is a Wedgewood slavery abolition campaign medal dating from 1787 from our collection...
02/06/2020

'Am I not a man and a brother?’

This is a Wedgewood slavery abolition campaign medal dating from 1787 from our collection, for the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

This image was coined in 1787 and was a political landmark. It was endorsed by Benjamin Franklin - the then president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society when he received one in 1788.

As a museum it is our civic duty to support the amplification of black voices. We know that we have so much more to do, listening, learning, and unlearning but we stand against prejudice in all its forms. #BlackLivesMatter

For further reading on this piece see

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/abolition/africans_in_art_gallery_02.shtml

https://sites.duke.edu/blackatlantic/2014/02/10/am-i-not-a-man-and-a-brother-the-political-power-of-the-image/

The Armstrong Whitworth car from 1911 - pre-covid and in its current pandemic state.
01/06/2020

The Armstrong Whitworth car from 1911 - pre-covid and in its current pandemic state.

The world famous Newcastle Brown Ale. These are from 1996. Unopened of course! The label features the then Lord Mayor of...
28/05/2020

The world famous Newcastle Brown Ale. These are from 1996. Unopened of course!

The label features the then Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Bernard Rice, 1995-96.

27/05/2020
Discovery at Home week 6 - fashion *how-to* do French or spool knitting

This week’s theme for #DiscoveryatHome activities is Fashion.

The Discovery Museum is home to a fantastic costume collection. We have fragments of Egyptian fabrics from 700-800 BC and even more contemporary objects, such as a pair of ripped jeans and a hoodie from Primark.

🧶 In this *how-to* video you can learning how to do French or Spool knitting, and find the web and downloadable activitiy 'design your own hat' here > https://discoverymuseum.org.uk/week-6-fashion

Missing going 'out out'? Does anyone remember these?🍸Gateshead firm the Tubular Drinks Company made these cocktails in a...
26/05/2020

Missing going 'out out'? Does anyone remember these?🍸

Gateshead firm the Tubular Drinks Company made these cocktails in about 2000 - they're called Dragon ( the green one) Sunstroke (the red one) Deepjoy (the dark red one) and Heaven (the blue one).

They're on display in our Story of the Tyne gallery.

On our theme of missing going 'out out' please enjoy these vintage movie posters from the 1940s and a few from the early...
21/05/2020

On our theme of missing going 'out out' please enjoy these vintage movie posters from the 1940s and a few from the early 1950s. 🎥

We don't have much information about these film posters, but thought we'd share them as they are just so colourful and very much of their time. #outonthetoon #stayhome

On our theme of missing going 'out out' please enjoy these vintage movie posters from the 1940s and a few from the early 1950s. 🎥

We don't have much information about these film posters, but thought we'd share them as they are just so colourful and very much of their time. #outonthetoon #stayhome

Missing going 'out out'? 📽️The Odeon Cinema opened on Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne on 7 September 1931. It was or...
20/05/2020

Missing going 'out out'? 📽️

The Odeon Cinema opened on Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne on 7 September 1931. It was originally known as the Paramount Theatre but was taken over by Odeon in 1939.

The Odeon’s luxurious décor made it one of the country’s finest cinemas and arguably the North East’s best loved.

First image: View of the exterior of the Paramount Theatre, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, September 1931 (TWAM ref. DX1677/1/1)

Second image: View of the safety curtain and proscenium at the Paramount Theatre, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, September 1931 (TWAM ref. DX1677/1/1).

See the album > https://www.flickr.com/photos/twm_news/albums/72157683683280382/with/36345485961/
Most of the images in this album date from its opening and convey a real sense of the building’s elegance and beauty. Sadly the cinema closed in 2002 and was demolished in 2017. #Stayhome #outonthetoon.

Sharing more of our collection on the themes of missing going 'out out'.In April 1988 Catherine Cookson's Fifteen Street...
19/05/2020

Sharing more of our collection on the themes of missing going 'out out'.

In April 1988 Catherine Cookson's Fifteen Streets was staged at Newcastle Theatre Royal and tickets cost £2. #StayHome #OutOnTheToon

Some people would go nightclubbing like this in 2001! A more eccentric item from the collection?  #outonthetoon #stayhom...
14/05/2020

Some people would go nightclubbing like this in 2001! A more eccentric item from the collection? #outonthetoon #stayhome

Made from and manufactured by Pigalle, and retailed by Propaganda, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Have you always wanted to go down in history? Please - take a few minutes to add your voice; Tyne & Wear Archives Servic...
14/05/2020
Documenting Covid-19 | What's On | Tyne & Wear Archives

Have you always wanted to go down in history?

Please - take a few minutes to add your voice; Tyne & Wear Archives Service need as many people as possible to respond to a few questions.

You'll be helping people in the future understand what is happening now.

Anyone can take part - as long as you live or work in Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, North Tyneside or South Tyneside.

https://twarchives.org.uk/whats-on/documenting-covid-19

Since we can't go 'out out' here's another #outonthetoon post. The Happy Mondays played at (what was then) the Newcastle...
13/05/2020

Since we can't go 'out out' here's another #outonthetoon post. The Happy Mondays played at (what was then) the Newcastle Carling Academy, Wednesday 26 October 2005. Were you there?
#stayhome Happy Mondays O2 Academy Newcastle

Today is International Nurses Day. In times of crisis our nurses are always there. Images show: Nurses in 1913 standing ...
12/05/2020

Today is International Nurses Day. In times of crisis our nurses are always there.
Images show:
Nurses in 1913 standing outside Newcastle Royal Infirmary.
Nurses entertaining wounded soldiers in costume for a Christmas performance at 3rd Northern General Hospital, Sheffield (this image came as part of a collection from the papers of the Briggs Family of Whitley Bay and contains fascinating records of the War service of the solicitor Albert Briggs and his first wife, Annie Hamilton, who worked as a nurse during the First World War.)
Bessie Owens wore this student nurse's dress in 1943 when training to be a nurse at Newcastle General Hospital. Students supplied their own uniform which consisted of 3 dresses, 14 aprons, 3 collars, black shoes and stockings. The cost came to 7 pounds for the uniform and 3 pounds for footwear and sundries. A fourth year student nurse earned 3 pounds and 10 shillings a week.

🕺 Since we can't go 'out out' at the moment we thought we'd share our collection to jog your memory of good times past. ...
11/05/2020

🕺 Since we can't go 'out out' at the moment we thought we'd share our collection to jog your memory of good times past. This week it will be music & club nights from the collection!

💃🏿 We have been to many of these and would love to know if you have too!

World Headquarters ; the former Legends nightclub on Grey Street; The (Melbourne St) Riverside, The Cluny Tanners Arms - Newcastle Shindig Events Popolo Newcastle

outonthetoon

"Proclamation of cessation of hostilities by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Thomas Clements, Newcastle upon Tyne, 8 May 1945."...
08/05/2020

"Proclamation of cessation of hostilities by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Thomas Clements, Newcastle upon Tyne, 8 May 1945."
To those who gave so much, we thank you.
#VEDay #VEDay75Newcastle

To those who gave so much, we thank you. We'd planned to open a new exhibition today, marking 75 years since VE Day 8 Ma...
08/05/2020

To those who gave so much, we thank you.

We'd planned to open a new exhibition today, marking 75 years since VE Day 8 May 1945, called 'The Final Push’, charting the final six weeks of World War II for two of our local regiments; the 13th/18th and the 15th/19th Hussars.

Please read curator Roberta's new blog post as she shares with you some of the personal stories and reactions of people from the end of WWII.

https://blog.twmuseums.org.uk/ve-day-75-use-of-personal-narratives/

🌈 Thank you to everyone who sent us a picture of the rainbow of hope you made for display. Here's a selection of the one...
07/05/2020

🌈 Thank you to everyone who sent us a picture of the rainbow of hope you made for display. Here's a selection of the ones we received from all over Tyneside - aren't they lovely?
🌈 A selection of the rainbows that are able to be preserved will one day become part of the museum collection for future generations, to illustrate the times we're living through.
🌈If you've made anything (that can be preserved/ potentially donated) for your windows, or anything else you think we'd be interested in, and you'd like to submit it for consideration email an image to [email protected] if you live in Newcastle, Gateshead or North Tyneside, and if you live in South Tyneisde [email protected] .

🌈 Thank you to everyone who sent us a picture of the rainbow of hope you made for display. Here's a selection of the ones we received from all over Tyneside - aren't they lovely?
🌈 A selection of the rainbows that are able to be preserved will one day become part of the museum collection for future generations, to illustrate the times we're living through.
🌈If you've made anything (that can be preserved/ potentially donated) for your windows, or anything else you think we'd be interested in, and you'd like to submit it for consideration email an image to [email protected] if you live in Newcastle, Gateshead or North Tyneside, and if you live in South Tyneisde [email protected] .

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Yesterday I attended the Discovery Museum with 2 colleagues and five service users with learning disabilities, three of which were in wide wheelchairs and were unable to use a very small lift. The staff were brilliant and very helpful, as the main doors were closed due to renovation on the ground floor. They ensured we entered the building safely via an alternative route and told us when we were due to leave the Museum to let them know and they would assist us out the building the way we came in. I would like to say thank you for you support while visiting your lovely museum and we look forward to visiting again in the future.
And another reaction shot for Professor Pumpernickel's science show! First class!
Amazing visit made astonishing by Professor Pumpernickel! My daughter's reaction!
Professor Pumpernickel was excellent this morning ! I hope he comes back soon !
Well after looking on the website that didn't tell us it was shut today we came out in the rain today. Looks like the website needs updating?
are you open bank holiday 27th may was wanting to drive down from Glasgow to see circus display
First visit with son today. Came to see the Lego. Had a really good day with our friends who recommended it. Will hopefully be back soon.
Paint your Masterpiece or a Picasso style selfie. Fun and rewarding group paint class. Beginners Welcome. Over 100 paintings to choose from. Handful of tickets left. Availablefor private hire. Coporate activities, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Xmas parties etc. Like us for updates and special offers. https://www.facebook.com/events/602783410216996/
Paint your Materpiece at the lovely Shipley art Gallery. . Paint a Picasso style Portrait of yourself or choose from over 100 exciting paintings. Fun group Art class. Beginners welcome. All materilas provided. 3 for 2 Tickets still available. https://www.facebook.com/events/526159924532337/
One of the best venues in the NE now CLOSED ON BANK HOLIDAYS! Unbelievable! 😕
‪“Discover what’s working Museum”... really disappointed... I will donate on my way out if you promise to use the funds to fix things ! #discoverymuseum ‬
A Stitch in Time - Great tour this morning of the Costume Store, the guides were friendly and knowledgeable. It was really interesting. Worth a visit, I recommend a warm jumper though ;)