Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is a major regional museum, art gallery and archives service.

We manage a collection of nine museums and galleries across Tyneside and the Archives for Tyne and Wear. We are supported by the five local authorities of the area and Newcastle University. We are also a Major Partner Museum funded by Arts Council England and have Core Funded Museum status.

Our mission is to help people determine their place in the world and define their identities, so enhancing their self-respect and their respect for others.

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums have several Designated Collections of national importance. We hold collections of international importance in archives, art, science and technology, archaeology, military and social history, fashion and natural sciences.

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The Fine and Decorative Arts, Natural Sciences, and Science and Technology Collections at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums are Designated Collections of national importance.

This is a major museum service which manages two World Heritage Sites and 8 museums and galleries. The Designated science and technology collection includes important material relating to marine engineering, such as Turbinia, the world's first vessel driven by steam turbine. The collections relating to coal mining, railways and mechanical engineering are also strong. The Designated decorative and fine arts collections feature significant holdings of Newcastle silver, contemporary craft and Sunderland glass, including the exquisite Londonderry Dinner Service, as well as paintings by artists such as Lowry and Burne-Jones. The large and diverse Designated natural science collections include the work of John Hancock and Thomas Bewick.

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TALK: Halsey Burgund on Tributaries

  • 13 August 2015 3-5pm

Join American sound artist Halsey Burgund as he discusses Tributaries, a new artwork developed with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

Tributaries is an innovative digital piece inspired by life on Tyneside during the First World War. It's an immersive soundscape of music and spoken word, accessible via a free mobile app (available from Monday 10 August).

Halsey will talk about the development of Tributaries, including a live demo and Q&A. He will also talk about his wider practice in sound art.

Halsey Burgund is based in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). He describes his work as a “combination of socio-anthropological ‘research’, musical documentary and participatory experience”. Halsey has produced of number of digital artworks across USA and internationally, and is currently a research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT. He was formerly an artist research fellow at the Smithsonian (USA).

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+


Laing Art Gallery
New Bridge Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear



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Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear



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