An invitation to travel back in time to revisit museum’s past

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

South Tynesiders are being invited to travel back in time to learn more about the history of a borough museum.

On Monday, September 21, members of South Shields Local History Group will welcome Adam Bell, assistant keeper of Social History at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery in Ocean Road.

The origins of the museum stretch back to 1876, when a Museum Room was opened in the town’s Free Public Library.

Natural history specimens and antiquities dominated the early displays, with exhibits including fossilised ferns, Cyprian vases, the skull of a Bengal Tiger, a pair of Laplandic reindeer boots and even a chicken with two heads, four wings and four feet.

For almost 140 years the museum has continued to add to its collections, with a particular emphasis today on illustrating the unique stories of the people of South Tyneside and their place in history - locally, nationally and internationally.

You can join Mr Bell for a richly illustrated talk surveying some of the museum’s most treasured items, many of which are set to feature in a new permanent gallery in the museum, due to open in October this year.

The meeting is held between 5pm and 6.50pm, downstairs in the Central Library theatre, with a charge of £1 for visitors.

New members are always welcome. For further information please contact the Reference Section on 424 7864.

The museum also has regular exhibitions and a range of activities and events to suit all ages.

Most of the events are free of charge. Visit www.twmuseums.org.uk/southshields for details.