A mention in the Natural History Society of Northumbria’s Archive News…

I’m really chuffed to have gained a mention in the Archive News of the Natural History Society of Northumbria this month.

Click the title below to see the short article:

‘Study of Archives Leads to Doctorate’

The Society’s Archive, which holds a wealth of information preserved for future generations concerning both the natural history of Northumbria and the Society’s Museum, the Great North Museum: Hancock (previously the Hancock Museum), contributed significantly to the successful completion of my PhD.

My sincerest thanks to the Society, and in particular, the support of June Homes, the Society’s Honorary Archivist, in my archive and museum research.

Pigeons in War

Today I picked up a leaflet created by the The Royal Pigeon Racing Association concerning the role of pigeons in war. With all the current cultural events for the Centenary of the First World War, it is easy to overlook the role that animals have played in periods of conflict.


I picked this leaflet up from the Bankfield Museum, Halifax, which currently has an excellent exhibition entitled ‘For King and Country’ as part of the Centenary programme.

Arts Workshops @ Eureka! The National Children’s Museum

Last week I had the privilege to join Void Arts in assisting with the delivery of a series of ‘drop in’ creative workshops for children and families over a five day period. The workshops were held at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, a wonderful, crazy, fun-filled museum located in central Halifax. Adopting the theme of Alice in Wonderland, we got out creative juices flowing by helping museum visitors create all manner of wacky mad hatter hats and animal masks. I met some lovely people, and great fun was had by all! And, I have to say, working with young visitors again was quite exhausting, but such amazing fun! Their endless ideas and enthusiasm are truly inspirational.

Image © Eureka! For  images of the project click here.