Last week was busy with everyone helping out to make sure the new temporary exhibition, all about Newcastle United Football Club , was ready to open at Discovery Museum on Saturday.
Once all the cases were in place and the astro turf laid we started the task of laying out all of the objects. We have to ensure that each object is fully supported in the way that it is displayed so as not to cause ‘stress’ on the object. Almost all of the objects are being loaned to the museum specially for this exhibition.
The lights and temperature in the gallery are controlled so that the objects are displayed in the best conditions for them. For example, if the lights were too bright they could fade things like the programmes or fabrics of the shirts.
After all the objects are in cases we put the labels in and hang the graphics on the walls.
We did some promotional interviews during the install too about the exhibition for Real Radio, the inflight magazine for Jet2 and the ITV film crew came to film a piece for the local news.
By Saturday the exhibition opened to the public and we have already had lots of interesting comments about what NUFC means to people, the legends of NUFC and about issues in football today. It’s great to see people contributing their thoughts to the exhibition.
We have some fabulous objects from Hughie Gallacher’s 1926/27 Championship shirt to Kevin Keegan’s boots from his last match as a player at NUFC. It’s interesting to see the way that football has changed since the 1880s. I’ve enjoyed working on the exhibition and I hope people will enjoy having a look around it.