All posts by Mel Whewell

About Mel Whewell

Mel Whewell
Principal Officer: Collections Management

My colleagues and I are responsible for managing TWAM's museum and archives collections. These objects and documents are either on display or in store in our 12 venues.

In this blog I tell people about our work - much of which often goes on...behind the scenes at the museum!

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Would anyone like to guess what these carefully stored museum objects are?

Settle Down Cafe hosts Archives Exhibition

We’ve installed one of our exhibitions at The Settle Down Cafe in Newcastle. It’s called, “Out of One Eye: the photography of Jimmy Forsyth” Why not pop along and have a look…? Let me know what you think. Jimmy Forsyth… Read more

Photographic collection gets its own room in the Archive Stores

A recent move of material over to the Northern Region Film & Television Archive at Teesside University www.nrfta.org.uk meant that a small room became vacant in the archive stores at Discovery Museum.  The Archivists and the Conservation Officers agreed that this… Read more

A New Look at Some Old Friends

Emily, one of our Conservators, is this week steam cleaning sculptures in advance of their display in the upcoming exhibition at the Hatton Gallery.    John Graham Lough (1798-1876) (2 Dec 2011 – 18 Feb 2012)   My colleague Rob at… Read more

Question : How much does it cost to burn a witch? Answer : £15 19s 2d

We know this because in the Archives are stored the Newcastle Chamberlains’ accounts for the years 1508 until 1835.   The entry we looked at read…”bill of charges for the wiches for 2 weekes ending the 23th (sic) of August 1650 and other… Read more