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!

Songs of the Sea – preparing a print for loan

Here’s a picture of two of our conservators, Christina and Matt, working on a print from the collection at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery. The print is now out on loan to the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. For more info… Read more

Museums don’t just collect the ‘old stuff’…

My colleague Graham Bradshaw is currently managing a project called Science & Society. The aim is to accession objects into the collection that reflect the important role science plays in our lives today. Following discussions with our colleagues over the… Read more

Spring Cleaning at Segedunum

Behind the scenes at Segedunum we have a number of stores where we house the objects which have been found during the excavations of the Roman Fort as well as the finds from other excavations within Tyne and Wear. Every object… Read more

Preparing a Japanese Norimono for exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery

Here’s a movie which records Dawn Bradshaw and Christina Stephenson, two of TWAM’s Conservators, preparing this beautifully crafted object (TWCMS : J1509) for an exhibition which was held at the Laing Art Gallery (Japanese Wave, 1st May 2010 to 5… Read more

Adam, Lou and the Magnificent UV Ray Machine

Here’s a picture of Lou, one of TWAM’s Conservators. She’s currently busy preparing objects for an exhibition which will celebrate 150 years of South Shields Museum and Art Gallery. Adam the exhibition curator selected the UV Ray machine (TWM : 2010.3227) because… Read more