Museum set to offer chance to crack codes

The Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields.
The Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields.
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It might not be as crucial to crack as the Second World War’s Enigma Code or as fanciful as the Dan Brown book The Da Vinci Code, but a North Tyneside museum is inviting visitors to pit their wits against various ciphers.

The Stephenson Railway Musuem at North Shields has teamed up with Manchester-based digital art organisation FutureEverything to hold a ten-hour code-inspired event on Sunday.

Participants will follow in the footsteps of Robert and George Stephenson and join a team of 30 to experiment with historic data from the museum’s collection and the UK rail network to create new digital prototypes and artworks .

To book a place, visit www.twmuseums.org.uk/future-makers

The event is part of a programme called Future Makers, a series of activities intended to encourage children and adults to use new technologies for design or making things.

It seeks to inspire a new generation of creative people while challenging preconceptions of what museums and their collections mean in the digital age.

John Coburn, digital programmes manager for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with the internationally-acclaimed creators and thinkers FutureEverything on this programme.

“Our nine museums and galleries showcase collections that were the work of pioneering inventors, artists and designers.

“With Future Makers, we want to invoke the spirit of these creators by using our museums as spaces for playful experimentation and creative thinking.

“It’s about ingenuity from the past inspiring people to imagine and create new futures.”

Drew Hemment, artistic director of FutureEverything, added: “It is an absolute pleasure to be working with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums on this brand new programme, inspiring the next generation of makers, creatives, collectors and visitors within some of the north east’s best galleries and museums.

“FutureEverything is always looking to bring innovative creative technology to a wider audience, helping to imagine bolder, smarter futures.”

Further events will follow on Saturday, February 27, at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum and on Saturday, April 23, at Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields.