Numbers on the rise at museums

Visitor numbers for museums in North Tyneside have shown a successful February half term, surpassing last year’s figures.

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum in Wallsend saw its visitor figures rise by 75 per cent for the week while Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields saw a 23 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

Iain Watson, director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, said: “It is encouraging to see that people have both an appetite for culture and an appreciation of the significant local heritage on their doorstep.”

Coun Eddie Darke, North Tyneside Council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “It’s great to see that so many people have been taking advantage of the brilliant attractions at Stephenson and Segedunum, finding out more about the heritage of our borough.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming even more visitors in future.”

There are events lined up for 2014 at both museums; Stephenson Railway Museum has a week of events to celebrate the bicentenary of George Stephenson‘s Blucher locomotive in July, and at Segedunum the WWI commemorative Coal, Ships and Zeppelins exhibition focussing on the Home Front opens in the summer.

A whole new interactive display will be available to view from March 30, at Stephenson Railway Museum.

The Heritage Lottery-funded display researched and created by the North Tyneside Steam Railway Association will explore the railway industry that ran from Backworth Collieries to the River Tyne from 1800 to 2014.

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