Great North Museum

The Great North Museum: Hancock is the only natural history museum in the North East. The Museum brings together collections from the Hancock Museum, Newcastle University’s Museum of Antiquities, the Shefton Museum and Hatton Gallery. It was built by the Natural History Society of Northumbria and opened in 1884, to house their growing collection.

Richard Mason and his father Tom, from Rothbury, who discovered a jar containing ancient coins, while working on Holy Island

Last ditch plea to save Lindisfarne treasure hoard for the North East

Public fundraising plea to keep Lindisfarne coins, discovered by Richard Mason, for North East reaches its final week

In front of the restored shop are, left to right, Linda Green, Janice and Rabbi Hyman Shein

North East heritage projects boosted by £90m-worth of grants

Heritage Lottery Fund cash spent on regenerating historic shopping street, digitising archive collections and more

Wendy Fail who is doing a PhD on re-introducing the harvest mouse to Northumberland at Newcastle University.

Rare harvest mouse found in County Durham

Harvest mouse's discovery is one of the most northerly for its species, says Durham Wildlife Trust

Sir Mortimer Wheeler

Stories behind Hadrian's Wall pioneers are honoured in new exhibition

Historian William Hutton thought in 1801 he would be the last man to walk the length of the wall

Viking warriors Freya Wise and Jon Smith, at the Great North Museum, in Newcastle

Vikings stage an invasion of Newcastle's Great North Museum: Hancock

A group of Vikings have set up camp outside the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle

Jo Anderson from the Great North Museum, with the twin gold hair tress, which was found at Kirkhaugh

Prehistoric gold find may join twin in Newcastle museum

Gold ornament set to be reunited with 4,300-year old twin at Great North Museum in Newcastle

Left to right, Aidan Bell, Luca Alderson, Joseph Bell and Sebastian Alderson

Schoolboys uncover 'Amesbury Archer of the North' at Kirkhaugh burial site

Finds link Kirkhaugh burial to the Amesbury Archer at Stonehenge - and the first metal working in Britain

WATCH: North East youngsters take on a Maori haka dance

Newcastle museum celebrates its Maori collection with dance session as part of a busy summer of events

Farnes seal by Sandie Carter

Pictures from the North East Wildlife Photography competition go on show

Pictures show the wonder of the natural world on our doorsteps

Winners shine in North East wildlife photography contest

A County Durham photographer has scooped the top prize in the 2014 North East Wildlife Photography competition

The CIPD Summer Networking event was held at the Great North Museum

CIPD North East holds summer networking event at the Great North Museum

CIPD North East held its summer networking event, which attracted more than 100 people, at Newcastle's Great North Museum: Hancock

The Evolution Festival 2013 at Spillers Wharf in Newcastle

100 reasons why it's great up North? Now we're up to 115 reasons

We've taken on your suggestions to expand our 100 great reasons why it's great up North

Part of the Lindisfarne coin horad and the jug in which it was found

Race is on to keep historic Lindisfarne coins hoard in the North East

A plea for public help to raise £7,000 has gone out in order to help buy treasure found in the foundations of a house on Lindisfarne

First day queue at the Great North Museum

Newcastle's Great North Museum celebrates fifth birthday

Celebration day for Great North Museum in Newcastle as it celebrates its fifth birthday

First World War recruits in Great Hall, Discovery Museum

First World War project set to bring visitors to Tyne and Wear museums

Cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund is set to boost First World War exhibitions and workshops at North East museums

Preparations for the Magic Worlds Exhibition at the Great North Museum

Magic Worlds exhibition set to open at the Great North Museum

When Magic Worlds is finally ready to open at Great North Museum: Hancock at the weekend, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in enchanted worlds peopled by witches, wizards, fairies, elves, dragons and illusionists

Toon Times exhibition at the Discovery Museum, curator Anna Dodgson

Visitor numbers at North East museums and galleries increase

North East museums and galleries have recorded some of their best visitor figures with the Discovery Museum experiencing their busiest February ever

Bjorn the Polar Bear comes to the Great North Museum

Bjorn the polar bear wows kids at Newcastle's Great North Museum

Bjorn the polar bear is a friendly sort, and his handler Ursula was by his side to explain the facts about his majestic kind to youngsters at Newcastle's Great North Museum

The Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle

Visitor numbers slump at North East museums as cuts bite

Visitor numbers at museums in the North East have dropped as funding cuts force shorter opening hours and hit exhibitions, new figures have revealed

Artist Katie Paterson whose Second Moon art work has won a Sky Arts Award

Newcastle University-commissioned artwork wins South Bank Sky Arts Award

A North East artwork about the moon has won a South Bank Sky Arts Awards as David Whetstone reports


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