South Shields Museum and Art Gallery - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery - Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
Ocean Road
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE33 2JA




0191 456 8740


0191 456 7850

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This friendly venue explores the story of South Tyneside, including the lifetime achievement of the successful local author Catherine Cookson. Its major collections are in social history and art which are represented in the newly refurbished Changing Faces gallery.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Opening hours Mon-Fri 10-5
Sat 11-4
Closed Sun

Admission charges

Free entry

This museum and gallery has a Designated Collection of national importance.

South Shields Museum & Gallery explores local history during the life and times of famous author, Catherine Cookson in Tales of South Tyneside.

Changing Faces tells the story of Tyneside from the Bronze Age to the end of the nineteenth century, with artefacts from the Museum's archaeological, industrial and local history collections.

Creature Corner showcases a selection of snakes and spiders, allowing visitors to learn all about these amazing creatures, their natural environment and their diet.

The Museum also features Art Adventure - an art gallery with a difference, combining many of the museum's paintings with exciting hands-on displays which enable visitors to find out more about the paintings and their artists.

There is also a temporary exhibition programme.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Land Transport, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Last Boat In
  • Catherine Cookson
  • The Cliffs at Marsden
  • CN Herny
  • G Blackie Sticks
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Caption: Palmer’s Munitionette’s – Tyne, Wear and Tees Munitionettes’ Cup winners, 1919.

Home of Heroes: South Tyneside in the First World War

  • 10 July 2014 — 24 January 2015 *on now

Three recipients of the Victoria Cross were born in South Tyneside – Henry Howey Robson of South Shields, Thomas Young of Boldon Colliery and Joseph Henry Collin of Jarrow. John Simpson Kirkpatrick, another son of South Shields, is also remembered for his heroic acts at Gallipoli. But away from the battlefields, there were countless heroes on the home front. This exhibition will explore the key role played by the people of South Tyneside in supporting the war effort, from the seafarers who risked their lives to bring vital foodstuffs and raw materials into the country, to those who worked in the mines, factories and shipyards, including many women.

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.

South Tyneside Women and the 1984-85 Miners' Strike

  • 11 July 2014 — 15 January 2015 *on now

An exhibition to recognise and celebrate the role South Tyneside women played in the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike will be on display at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.

One For All Productions have been interviewing mothers, wives and daughters across the North East who rallied behind their men throughout the year-long dispute. Come and hear the experiences of some of the South Tyneside women, find out what that year was like for them and what they did, how they not only fed hundreds of families through organising food parcels and collections, but also went on demonstrations and joined the men on the picket line.