Posts by date: January 2015

The Neptune Shell Shop bracelet and the response to the shell crisis of 1915 – Part 2

On December 5th 2014 I posted about a gold bracelet we had recently acquired, and its connection with the manufacture of 6” shells in the Neptune Engine Works of Tyne shipbuilders, Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson. The post was illustrated… Read more

Were your ancestors apprentices at the Elswick Works?

I’m pleased to report that work is progressing well on the ‘Workshop of the World’ project to catalogue our Vickers Armstrong archives collection. I’ve recently been working on the firm’s administrative records, which include a large quantity of agreements. Many… Read more

Discovery Museum during the First World War

As part of the ‘Wor Life’ project we have been researching all our venues to see what was going on at each of them during the First World War. We’ve found some really interesting stories that we’ll be sharing over… Read more

FLAG A Momentous year ahead!!

Happy New Year! Now that the festive season is behind us we can look forward to an exciting 2015! As January always seems to be a long, cold and dark month why not try something new and join us at… Read more

Ralph’s Cat and Other Animals

Affectionately known as Ralph’s Cat, this picture is actually titled Blinking in the Sun. It was painted in 1881 by Ralph Hedley, who specialised in scenes of North East life. It’s on show at the children’s area at the Laing… Read more