A red-brick building with a row of windows

If you have a spare couple of hours (or half a day, to really do it justice), you must go to the Discovery Museum. It’s less than 10 minutes from the train station, open all year round and free entry. They have lots of events on over the holidays, so it’s great for kids. The…

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A woman in a pink nightgown rests her head on a round pot, her black her flowing over it.

Isabella and the Pot of Basil, by William Holman Hunt, has always been a favourite of mine, so I was excited when the Laing Art Gallery chose to reproduce it on the side of the building. Unfortunately, it’s mostly obscured now by a rogue tree, but it’s still there. On first glance, the mournful Isabella…

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In the north east of England, we’re really spoilt when it comes to places to visit to learn more about our rich heritage, so I decided to produce a series on just some of the sites I recommend. The weather isn’t great at the moment, and a lot of stately homes are closed over winter,…

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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 Tyne Bridge. The Tyne Bridge – Introduction to Item 31  It’s a bit of a cliché I suppose, but it doesn’t seem right…

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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 Castle Keep.  The Castle Keep – Introduction to Item 21 Everybody has an object that makes them feel like they’re ‘home’ when they…

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