Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is a major regional museum, art gallery and archives service. We manage a collection of nine museums and galleries across Tyneside and the Archives for Ty...

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4JA
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums


Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is a major regional museum, art gallery and archives service. We manage a collection of nine museums and galleries across Tyneside and the Archives for Tyne and Wear.

We are supported by the four local authorities in Tyneside and Newcastle University. TWAM is also a National Portfolio Organisation funded by Arts Council England.

We hold collections of international importance in archives, art, science and technology, archaeology, military and social history, fashion and natural sciences.

TWAM has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to act as a Bridge organisation. The only museum service to take on a Bridge role, TWAM is one of 10 Bridge organisations across the UK using its experience and expertise to connect children and young people with art and culture.

TWAM also delivers the Museum Development programme for the North East. The programme is a comprehensive, effective and collaborative response to the needs of museums in the North East and the communities they serve. As a result TWAM supports a total of 55 museums operating in the North East.

Find us at...

  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • Discovery Museum
  • Blandford Square
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE1 4JA

Our family-friendly offer

We believe that learning is about enabling and encouraging changes in knowledge, understanding, skills, behaviour and attitudes through inspiration, enjoyment, experience, enlightenment, and reflection.

Through our objects, venues staff, and resources, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums does not seek only to educate people; it attempts to provide the conditions through which people can learn.

Learning is a catalyst for change and TWAM’s staff are passionate ‘challengers’, or ‘agents’, of that change. They employ active and inspiring approaches to ensure children, young people and adults can engage deeply with TWAM’s collections, incorporating new information to enhance their own previous knowledge to achieve a sense of wonder and a personal sense of understanding with the world around them.

TWAM promotes a 'deep learning' approach, integrating new learning activity within the wider experience and perspective of the learner. Our learning programmes might seek to engage the disengaged, creating interest points to encourage progression or consider the social aspects of the experience, allowing individuals to interact with others. Our approach to learning is not a linear process, but allows for the individual to take control and to direct their own learning.

Our approach aspires to embody the totality of museum engagement as a holistic experience and together with a reflective process encourages a continuous search for individual identity, meaning, understanding, and sense of place.


Our At-Home Activities

  • Ways to Play

    Ways to Play is a new series of simple, playful activities for families from Tyne & Wear's museums and art galleries. 

    5 - 12 years
    Age Friendly

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