Themes | Learning and Discovery

Themes Learning and Discovery


One of the hidden truths of the North East is that it has always been a place of learning and discovery. Perhaps this is not so surprising when one remembers that it was one of the cultural centres of Europe in the 7th century. It is home to several great universities including Durham – one of the oldest in the country. It was the birthplace of Captain James Cook, one of the world’s greatest explorers. It has several learned institutions, such as the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle (formed in 1813), the oldest antiquarian society outside London. 

The collection of objects presented in this theme give an idea of the range and extent to which the region has been exploring, collecting and learning, and the impacts this has had on the wider world. 


Map of the Newcastle upon Tyne Electric Supply Co Ltd (NESCo) and The County of Durham Electrical Power Distribution Co Ltd electric power distribution network, about 1907

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