Visit North East: George Stephenson’s ‘Billy’

*DISCLAIMER: I intended to visit the Stephenson Railway Museum to take my own photographs & learn more. I will be updating this post after the Covid19 lockdown has ended* The Killingworth Colliery George Stephenson went to work for Killingworth Colliery, owned by Lord Ravensworth, in 1812. The area had several pits, with Ravensworth’s the best…

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Visit North East: William Jobling’s Gibbet

*DISCLAIMER: I intended to visit the South Shields Museum to take my own photographs & learn more. I will be updating this post after the Covid19 lockdown has ended* The South Shields Museum has a piece of the gibbet used to execute murderer William Jobling in its collection, and a grisly recreation of what that…

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Visit North East: Hatton Gallery

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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Visit North East: Etruscan Pottery

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

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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Visit North East: Great North Museum

The sandstone front of the Great North Museum

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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Visit North East: The Town Hutch

A large wooden chest with paper scrolls and a metal bucket on the top

The Discovery Museum has so many brilliant artefacts that it’s almost impossible to single one out. However, the museum helped me out, as they’ve chosen their own ‘Top 10’ to highlight, so I’ve picked number two, the town hutch to look at here. The Town Hutch The hutch is a large oak box, bound with…

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Visit North East: The Discovery Museum

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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Visit North East: Laing Art Gallery

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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Time Pieces History Project Item 31: The Tyne Bridge

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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