Discovery Museum - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Discovery Museum - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
Discovery Museum
Blandford Square
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear





0191 232 6789

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0191 230 2614

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Discover all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside, from the area's renowned maritime history and world-changing science and technology right through to fashion through the ages and military history. The museum is bursting with interactive displays, which makes it the perfect place to learn and have fun.

Explore Newcastle's past from Romans to the present day; Tyneside inventions that changed the world; a fun approach to science and take a walk through fashion. Discover a great day out all under one roof!

There is also a wet-play gallery specifically designed for the under sevens.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Opening hours Mon-Fri 10-4
Sat 10-5
Sun 2-5

Closed: Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Discovery Museum has the following facilities for visitors:
Lift available
Accessible toilets
Male and female toilet facilities
Assistance available if required
Facilities for Deaf people and hard of hearing
Facilities for Blind people and partially sighted
Assistance and Guide dogs admitted
Baby changing facilities
Gift shop
Hot and cold meals
Hot and cold drinks
Teachers' Packs
Worksheets for groups
Under 7 year old resources: soft play and Playtyne Gallery

Discovery Museum houses the finest collections of scientific and technical material outside London and keeps important collections of maritime history, social history, regimental militaria and costume.

For more than two centuries developments in science, technology and industry which were pioneered or became established in Tyne & Wear had a powerful influence world-wide. Such influence is, arguably, unsurpassed by that of any other region of comparable size and population.
Examples of world 'firsts' include Charles Parson's 'Turbinia', the first vessel to be powered by steam turbine, and Joseph Swan's historic lightbulbs.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Maritime, Industry, Costume and Textiles

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Corporal C.E. Garforth

For Valour: Two VC heroes remembered

  • 2 August 2014 — 29 March 2015 *on now

An exhibition about the lives of two recipients of the Victoria Cross, Cpl. C. E. Garforth, 15th Hussars, who was awarded one of the first VCs of the First World War and Pte. H. G. Columbine, 19th Hussars, who sacrificed himself to save other soldiers in his regiment.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Workers at Armstrong Vicker, around 1916

When the Lamps Went Out: Life on Tyneside in the First World War

  • 25 October 2014 — 28 June 2015

By Christmas 1914, the City of Newcastle upon Tyne reported that over 21,000 men had been recruited following the outbreak of the First World War on 4 August 1914. It became clear that while the war was being fought to such devastating effect abroad that it was going to have considerable impact back at home.

This exhibition takes a glimpse at what life was like here on Tyneside for those back on the Home Front.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Embroidery, velvet sewn to paper backing sheet in black velvet with multicoloured threads, dated 1919 (TWCMS: G4317)

World War One costume: Behind the scenes tour

  • 4 December 2014 10-11:30am

An introduction to Discovery’s behind the scenes collection of World War One costume and textiles.

Suitable for

  • Any age



photograph of poppies

Your Country Needs You: First World War Recruiting Posters

  • 25 October 2014 11:30am-12:30pm

Discover more about the recruitment posters of the First World War, the history behind them, the use of imagery and how and why they were produced.

Join Dr. James McConnel, Principal Lecturer in History at Northumbria University as he talks about the history of First World War recruitment posters and why 'Your Country Needs You' is still as famous a slogan now as it was then.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


£4.00. Free for students (Student ID required).

photogrpah of admiral sir david beatty

Tracing Your First World War Ancestors

  • 3 November 2014 11:30am-12:30pm

Keith's talk will provide you with the knowledge you'll need to start you off on your own research into your family history relating to the First World War. Local examples will be used to to showcase the resources that are available for you to use when doing your research.

Keith will also answer any questions you may have about researching family history, especially in connection with the First World War.

Tickets can be purchased in the Discovery Museum shop or online at

For more information, please call 0191 277 2166

Suitable for

  • Any age




Writing the First World War

  • 12 November 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

The First World War produced many poignant examples of writing, from poems written by soldiers to letters to and from the front line. Creative Writer Rachel Cochrane will work with participants in these three sessions to explore and reflect through examples of creative writing, providing inspiration to create their own pieces of work in their chosen format.

Each of the museum venues involved has its own unique exhibition about the First World War, covering themes such as industrial heritage, life on the home front, local heroes, and the role of women in war time. The writing workshops will include a tour of the exhibitions from expert curators, and the chance to use the museum’s First World War handling object collection as inspiration for writing, which includes items such as letters, maps, photographs and medals.

Suitable for

  • 18+



Each workshop is only £9.50 per person with tea and coffee provided. Participants who book the sessions at all three venues together receive a £5 discount.

No previous writing experience is required.

If you would like more details please contact Rachel Cochrane, or

Tickets can be booked on

photograph of poppies in field

Fenham at the Eve of the Great War

  • 22 November 2014 11:30am-12:30pm

A talk on Fenham, Newcastle in the First World Wa.

rJoin local historian Michael Greatbatch to find out what effect the First World War had on Fenham and its people.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Adults: £4.00
Students: Free (Student-ID reuqired)


Preserving Memories: Medals and Plaques

  • 2 December 2014 2-3:30pm

Objects can play an important part in remembering people. Medals especially, are important in keeping alive the memory of those who served during the First World War. If you have any medals or plaques and would like to know how to take best care of them, please bring them along to this workshop.

To start with, Assistant Curator Marleen Vincenten will tell you a bit more about the history and meaning of medals. This part will be mainly focused on the Great War, but you are welcome to ask questions about other medals as well. After this introduction, Conservator Rachael Metcalfe will show you how to clean and take care of your medals at a museum standard. During and after the cleaning, there will be time to discuss the personal story behind your medals.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Tea and biscuits will be provided


A Night at the Cinema in 1914

  • 10 December 2014 6-7:45pm

A hundred years ago, cinema was a new, exciting and highly democratic form of entertainment. Picture houses offered a sociable, lively environment in which to relax and escape from the daily grind. With feature films still rare, the programme was an entertaining, ever-changing combination of short items with live musical accompaniment.

This special compilation from the British Film Institute recreates the glorious mix of comedies, dramas, travelogues and newsreels which would have formed a typical night out in 1914. The selection includes a comic short about a face-pulling competition, a sensational episode of The Perils of Pauline, scenes of Allied troops celebrating Christmas at the Front, and an early sighting of one of cinema’s greatest icons…

Join us for an historic night out, including some tasty First World War treats!


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Enemy Aliens and Ethnic Minorities in WW1 Britain

  • 13 December 2014 11:30am-12:30pm

The Great War changed relationships, not just at the front but at home as well.

Germans and other minorities that had been living in Britain for decades were all of a sudden perceived as a threat.

Dr André Keil from Durham University will talk about the treatment of these enemy aliens and ethnic minorities during the First World War.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Adults: £4.00
Students: Free (Student-ID required)