Posts by venue: Natural Sciences

Marine Wildlife Festival

So it all started with a conversation about inflatable whales…   Alison Lomax (from whale and dolphin charity ORCA) and I let our enthusiasm get the better of us and decided that as a lot of people might not be… Read more

Great North Museum Library – A different kind of book

If you come to the Great North Museum Library during March you’ll find some unusual books on the bookshelves. Artist Dawn Felicia Knox will be displaying works from her Nomen Nudum : Naked Name exhibition here in the library. The work,… Read more

Great North Museum: Hancock Library – The journals of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne

By Joan Williams (Library volunteer) Since I retired from my library job last summer, I have been doing voluntary work one day a week in the Library of the Great North Museum: Hancock. Over the last few months I have… Read more

A Victorian Spring at Monkwearmouth

Last autumn Peter Gibson, Duty Manager at Monkwearmouth Station Museum, decided to turn his passion for gardening into a new, interesting and beautiful contribution to the museum’s grounds.  The self-described “enthusiastic amateur” quickly drew up a plan for a traditional… Read more

Marie Antoinette’s Blue Diamond?

In the late seventeenth century, Jean Baptiste Tavernier, the French merchant and traveller, acquired a large blue roughly triangular shaped diamond, which originated in the Kollur Mine in Golconda, India.  It was sold to Louis XIV of France, and recut,… Read more