Posts by venue: Local History

Happy Birthday to you….in 1942! – guest post by placement student Christina Hamilton

I am a museum studies master’s student, volunteering at the Discovery Museum for my work based placement as part of my Semester three module, ‘Museum, professional practice and research’.  During my time here I have been accessioning objects and adding… Read more

On Placement at Discovery Museum – guest post by placement student Gemma Ashby

My name is Gemma Ashby and I have just completed a work placement at the Discovery Museum. I am currently a postgraduate student at Newcastle University, working towards my MA in Museum Studies, which I will graduate from in December… Read more

A Waggonway Adventure

Early one morning in July, my colleague Kev and I set off to collect the majority of the waggonway timbers from York Archaeological Trust where they have been undergoing preservation treatment for the last 3 years. Or, as we like… Read more

Improving access to our shipbuilding collections

The shipbuilding collections at Tyne & Wear Archives are widely recognised to be of outstanding historical significance. They have attracted international research interest and back in 2013 were given official recognition through their addition to the UK Memory of the… Read more

Danger and adventure for Tyne and Wear ships’ crews in the Spanish Civil War

This photograph of the devastation of the Basque port of Bilbao in April 1937 was taken by Captain Still of the Newcastle ship Hamsterley, on a mission to take food to the beleaguered city and rescue refugees during the Spanish… Read more