All posts by Ian Whitehead

About Ian Whitehead

Ian Whitehead
Keeper of Maritime History

Hi, I look after the maritime collections of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. I’ve been Keeper of Maritime History for the last 13 years and have worked in museums for 25 years. Mostly I am interested in things that float and not in things that run on rails. I have a particular interest in the history of rowing in the North East.

Dazzle Painting of ships in the First World War and the model of ss Hindustan

Although we have hundreds of ship models in our collections, only one of them is dazzle painted.  The tramp steamer ss Hindustan was launched in July 1917 by Bartram and Sons Ltd., Sunderland and completed for the Hindustan Steam Shipping… Read more

The Neptune Shell Shop bracelet and the response to the shell crisis of 1915 – Part 2

On December 5th 2014 I posted about a gold bracelet we had recently acquired, and its connection with the manufacture of 6” shells in the Neptune Engine Works of Tyne shipbuilders, Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson. The post was illustrated… Read more

The Neptune Shell Shop bracelet and the response to the shell crisis of 1915 – Part 1

A few weeks back I accepted a donation of a gold bracelet into TWAM’s collection. I am told that as a piece of jewellery it is unremarkable, but I think it is lovely. As TWAM’s maritime historian it is an… Read more

The Training Ship “Wellesley” at North Shields 1868-1914

Recently I curated an exhibition about the Training Ship Wellesley for Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum, School Ship on the Tyne – The Training Ship Wellesley at North Shields 1868 – 1914. The exhibition was timed to mark the centenary… Read more

Potshare Bowling – An almost forgotten sport of North East England

We are just coming to the end of ‘Home and Away’, a Heritage Lottery funded exhibition and project looking at the history of North East Sport and the modern Olympics. One of the aims of Home and Away was to… Read more