Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is a regional group of United Kingdom national museums and the county archives service located across the Tyne and Wear area of north-east England. They have been administered by a joint board of local authorities since the abolition of the Tyne and Wear Metropolitan County Council in 1986.

They receive financial support from the five local authorities they operate within and since 2012, Arts Council England. The service is one of those specified in the Designation Scheme administered by Arts Council England. In the past, the service received additional financial support from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.


Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums are responsible for managing the 10 museums and galleries below and the county archives. They also share use of the Regional Museums Store at Beamish Museum.

Museum Location Website
Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum South Shields Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum
Discovery Museum Newcastle upon Tyne Discovery Museum
Great North Museum: Hancock Newcastle upon Tyne Great North Museum: Hancock
Hatton Gallery Newcastle upon Tyne Hatton Gallery
Laing Art Gallery Newcastle upon Tyne Laing Art Gallery
Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum Wallsend Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum
Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead Shipley Art Gallery
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery South Shields South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
Stephenson Railway Museum North Shields Stephenson Railway Museum
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens Sunderland Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens


Tyne and Wear Archives are based within the Discovery Museum.

Cross Service Collaborative Ventures

Partnership between the museums and galleries both inside and outside of TWAM has been a significant matter. One example is The Late Shows which has run every May since 2007. Another large-scale project has been "A History of the North East in 100 Objects"[2] that launched in June 2013.

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