All posts by Adam Bell

About Adam Bell

My name is Adam Bell and I am Assistant Keeper of Social History for Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM). I work between South Shields Museum & Art Gallery (where I am based) and Discovery Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne.

My job involves curating and caring for the social history collections of TWAM, including the curation of exhibitions, undertaking research and providing access to the items in store.

I have always loved history and anything to do with the past, so for me, coming into work is a joy!

Originally from Northern Ireland, I have been made to feel very much at home here in the North East of England, and I enjoy continuing to learn about the region's wonderful history and traditions.

Stained glass at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

The beautiful stained glass windows mounted on the half landing of the grand staircase at South Shields Museum are a much-admired feature of our venue. The centre window contains glass from Holy Trinity Church, South Shields, which was located at the… Read more

The Boldons

The Boldons are a group of three South Tyneside villages – East Boldon, West Boldon and Boldon Colliery – located to the south of the Borough of South Tyneside, heading towards Sunderland. In 2014 the British Library loaned one of… Read more

Christmas in February!

Depending on how you look at it, you could either say that Christmas has come two months late, or ten months early, at South Shields Museum! The reason: I’ve just opened a parcel from the USA and inside was a… Read more

An explosive flower show

Towards the end of August a member of the public dropped some items off at the reception desk in South Shields Museum & Art Gallery. The individual preferred not to leave a name or contact details, but the items were… Read more

Trick or Treat?

With Halloween fast approaching, I got to thinking about what we have in the collections at South Shields Museum to represent this spooky time of year! I’ve recently been scanning a large collection of 35mm slides, taken by Ronald Sanderson… Read more