Ged Bell, Chair of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Joint Committee

At the recent joint committee meeting Bill Griffiths, Senior Manager for Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) delivered a presentation about the service’s learning and community engagement in 2010/11 and the statistics were extraordinary.

Here are a few of those figures:

  • 285, 795 people engaged in the learning, community and outreach activities.
  • TWAM venues have engaged with 91.7% of primary schools in the Tyne & Wear area and 87.3% of secondary schools.
  • TWAM has engaged with the equivalent of 25% of the Tyne & Wear population through its learning and community programmes.
  • 581 volunteers contributed around 20,000 hours.
  • Engagement with individuals and groups is geographically widespread and covers most of the Tyne & Wear area but also the wider North East and across the UK.
Learning and outreach groups engaged across Tyne & Wear

Learning and outreach groups engaged across Tyne & Wear

I am tremendously proud to be Chair of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Joint Committee and to support the outstanding work that TWAM delivers but there’s something very powerful about seeing results in black and white.

2 Responses to Ged Bell, Chair of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Joint Committee

  1. Gordon Blench says:

    The Tyne & Wear Archives are closed now on a Saturday even though they were only open once a month and not at all on bank holidays. Could you please explain why I, who actually works, Monday to Friday and pays for the cost and upkeep of Tyne & Wear Archives isn’t able to access the building at all without taking time off work. I know that the council won’t pay overtime now but surely somethimg could be agreed among the staff so that one person could work on one Saturday a month to allow those who work during the week to actually do some research.

  2. Ged Bell says:

    Thank you for your comment and I’m very sorry that you have been affected by the change in opening times at Tyne & Wear Archives.

    Unfortunately, as part of the requirement to reduce costs in Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums venues, it has proved necessary to implement changes to the opening hours of Tyne & Wear Archives. We have worked to minimise the impact on services to the public, however, some changes are inevitable and as a result the venue is no longer open on Saturdays.

    We have looked closely at visiting patterns and opening hours and wherever possible reductions have been made at times when they will have the least impact on our visitors. We will continue to review this and aim to ensure the maximum opportunity for visitors to come and make full use of our facilities.

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