All posts by Iain Watson

About Iain Watson

Iain Watson
Director, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
I've worked in the cultural sector for 27 years (including training as an English teacher!). I've been lucky enough to work across museums and archives with a huge variety of different collection types - archaeology to art, natural sciences to regimental history. What I love is seeing people enjoying and learning from visiting or experiencing museums and archives.

Making connections in China

I was recently invited by Renmin University in Beijing to attend their digital memories conference and speak about TWAM’s work in developing access to digital memory, and in particular the Hidden Newcastle app which we developed in partnership with NE1,… Read more

Memories of the Hancock museum (part 3)

The development associated with Capital of Culture led to the development of the idea for the Great North Museum, the linking together of the development and management of the Hancock Museum, Museum of Antiquities, Hatton Gallery and Shefton  Museum. Following… Read more

Memories of the Hancock Museum (part 2)

Read part 1 of Iain’s blog about starting work at the Hancock Museum. Much loved by generations of local people and highly regarded nationally and internationally for the strength and quality of its collections, with a beautiful building commanding an… Read more

Memories of the Hancock Museum (part 1)

Like many people who grew up on Tyneside, my first memories of the Great North Museum: Hancock (then the Hancock Museum) came as a child.  For me, however, the most enduring memory is that of standing outside the museum.  From… Read more

Museums Australia (Victoria) Conference

I recently spoke at the Museums Australia (Victoria) Conference and thought I would share a short note about it. As some of you will know I convened a theme at last year’s UK Museums Association Conference in Liverpool on the… Read more