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.