Posts by venue: Local History

Recalling the opening of Segedunum Roman Fort to the public 20 years ago

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time in June 2000. In June 2020, we were set to celebrate the Fort’s 20th anniversary in the venue, but as the coronavirus pandemic had… Read more

Meet Neville – Customer Service Assistant at Discovery Museum

Long-standing front of house staff member of Discovery Museum, Neville, shares what life is like inspiring the public with tales of local history, and his favourite object in the museum. What I do “I have been interested in history and… Read more

The Lead Shrine

Keeper of Archaeology, Alex Croom takes an in-depth look at the Lead Shrine, on display at Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum. This lead shrine from Wallsend Roman Fort is one of only three in Britain that still retain its central… Read more

Opening Segedunum – a recollection

By Bill Griffiths, Head of Programmes and Collections 20 years ago this month, we opened Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum to the public. It’s a cliché – but to me it feels like yesterday! At the time of its… Read more

A Floating Hospital

Assistant Keeper of History Adam Bell at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery shares how a floating hospital stemmed the influx of infectious diseases into South Tyneside in the late 19th century. A late 19th century floating hospital once moored at Jarrow Slake in… Read more