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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Key artists and exhibits

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Transmit/Receive: Making and Experimenting with First World War sound technologies

  • 25 October 2015 12-3pm
  • 8 November 2015 12-3pm

Join sound recording professionals Tim Shaw, John Bowers and Tom Schofield over two workshops to explore and rebuild sound technologies of the First World War.

The First World War was a period of great technological innovation. Many of the communication devices were developed to generate or listen to sound. From radio broadcasts to early underwater microphones, listening was a key strategy in the war effort.

Workshop One - Hydrophones and Morse code transmitters
Discovery Museum, Sunday 25 October, 12-3pm

Workshop Two - Short-range radio transmitters and carbon granule microphones
Discovery Museum, Sunday 8 November, 12-3pm

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Discovery Museum
Blandford Square
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear


£6 per workshop, plus online booking fee



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



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