Posts by date: August 2014

First World War – Viscount Grey and the Natural History Society of Northumbria

Elizabeth Garnett  – a Volunteer in the Great North Museum: Hancock Library has been investigating the fascinating link between the Natural History Society of Northumbria and a key figure in the First World War, Viscount Grey. “The lamps are going… Read more

Fabulous Fans – Part Two

During my project I re-packed the fans so they could be immediately visible before they are handled. This is so important due to the fragility of some of the fans. They are all stored in draws in the museums costume… Read more


A couple of us volunteers at the Laing Art Gallery are recording details of a large archive of material relating to the Tyneside Victorian artist Ralph Hedley. Recently I came across two photos of a carved angel. The angel is… Read more

First World War Stories: The Birtley Belgians

I’m currently working on the ‘Workshop of the World’ project to catalogue the historic records of Vickers Armstrong and its predecessor companies. This project will make thousands of fascinating documents available to the public for the very first time thanks… Read more