All posts by Alex Croom

About Alex Croom

Alex Croom
Keeper of Archaeology

I look after the archaeology collections of four museums within Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. As we look after two Roman Forts, much of the material is Roman in date, but the rest covers everything from ancient Egypt to industrial archaeology of the late nineteenth century! Needless to say, I am particularly interested in the Romans, and love trying to find out more about their every-day lives.

Two decorated swords

One of our international loans for the section of Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibition at Arbeia Roman Fort is a complete sword blade with inlaid decoration. This was chosen to be a companion piece to our own (incomplete) blade, which is also… Read more

The bridle-bit and the river

One of the objects going into the Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibition at Segedunum is a late Iron Age bridle-bit from the Laing Art Gallery. It is a beautiful object, complete and in good condition. It was ‘found in the River Tyne,… Read more

The engraving of John Hodgson

H. F. S. Mackreth produced the miniature of John Hodgson for inclusion in Hodgson’s work ‘The History of Northumberland’. This meant an engraving had to be produced from it so that multiple copies could be made for the books. An… Read more

The Mackreths and Thunder Thursday 1837-style

The artist Harriet Mackreth lived with her family at 3 High Swinburne Place in Newcastle, just off Westgate Road. The house held her parents, her two older sisters and her brother, while the 1841 census also mentions two female servants… Read more

H. F. S. Mackreth

Whilst I was researching the picture of John Hodgson for the Wall Face exhibition (on display at Segedunum Roman Fort) I was interested to find out that the painter of the original portrait used as the base for the published engraving,… Read more