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.

Writing the First World War

  • 8 October 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 – if all three sessions are booked together, receive a discount of £5.

No previous writing experience is required.

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

Tickets can be bought here:

Home of Heroes Exhibition Tour

  • 23 October 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Join curator Adam Bell on this exhibition tour and learn more about the heroes of South Tyneside during the First World War.

There were many heroes of the Great War, not just on the battlefields, but those who ensured supplies got to Britain as well as those who kept the coal mines and local industries operating.

Adam will discuss in detail some of the heroes featured in the exhibition and what role they played during the role.



Tickets available in the Museum Shop or email