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Visit North East: Merz Barn Wall

By gudrunlauret@gmail.com | Mar 18, 2020 |

The Merz Barn Wall Artist Kurt Schwitters began the Merz Barn Wall in Ambleside in 1947, working in a building on the Cylinders Estate belonging to architect Harry Pierce. He met Pierce earlier in the year when he was commissioned to paint his portrait. Pierce gave Schwitters the use of the barn for £1 per…

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Five Ways Heritage Sites can Support Local Businesses

By gudrunlauret@gmail.com | Mar 17, 2020 |

Introduction As a small business myself, I know how hard the next couple of months are going to be. Many of my friends and clients are also running smaller companies, and lockdowns could have serious ramifications for us, and we won’t know for some time what that will look like. At the same time, we…

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Time Pieces History Project Item 70 – The Art Gallery

By gudrunlauret@gmail.com | Mar 17, 2020 |

First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – the art gallery. The Art Gallery – Introduction to Item 70 I like to visit an art gallery in a new place if I…

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Five Content Marketing Tips for Heritage Sites in Lockdown

By gudrunlauret@gmail.com | Mar 16, 2020 |

Introduction The coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe is unprecedented in modern times. We are still waiting to see how it develops and the response and solutions from governments, but in the meantime businesses around the world are closed. For heritage organisations, often one of the main draws for tourists to a new city or country,…

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Visit North East: Hatton Gallery

By gudrunlauret@gmail.com | Mar 16, 2020 |

The Hatton Gallery is a two-minute walk from the Great North Museum, and there’s a handy signpost to show you the way. If you didn’t know the gallery was within the Newcastle University campus, you could easily miss it altogether. However, it’s opposite the Northern Stage, which is quite noticeable. The History of the University…

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Time Pieces History Project Item 69 – The Teddy Bear

By gudrunlauret@gmail.com | Mar 12, 2020 |

First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – the teddy bear. The Teddy Bear – Introduction to Item 69 I had two teddy bears when I was little. One was a traditional…

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A brown, two-handled amphora decorated with scenes from nature

Visit North East: Etruscan Pottery

By gudrunlauret@gmail.com | Mar 11, 2020 |

The Great North Museum has so many fascinating artefacts that it’s hard to choose one. I was tempted to pick something from their extensive Roman collection, which includes a replica Hadrian’s Wall and tombstones amongst other things, but I resisted. Instead, I’ve chosen this vase from their collection of Etruscan pottery. I like it because…

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Time Pieces History Project Item 68 – The Museum

By gudrunlauret@gmail.com | Mar 10, 2020 |

First time on the blog or new to the Time Pieces History Project? Find out what it’s all about here, and then come back to this page for today’s item – the museum. The Museum – Introduction to Item 68 We’re lucky in the north east of England, because we have so many museums to…

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The sandstone front of the Great North Museum

Visit North East: Great North Museum

By gudrunlauret@gmail.com | Mar 9, 2020 |

The Great North Museum, previously known as the Hancock, sits on a small hill at the Haymarket at the top end of Newcastle. When I was a child, the Hancock seemed like a ‘proper’ museum – we had to pay to visit, and it had an old-fashioned feel to it. I distinctly remember a school…

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