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The Great North Museum: Hancock – the North East’s most popular free museum, celebrates two million visitors

  • Date: 12 December 2012
  • Area: North
Part of Great North Museum: Hancock's permanent collection

Part of Great North Museum: Hancock's permanent collection. Credit: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

The multiple award-winning Great North Museum: Hancock has just welcomed its two millionth visitor. The venue is part of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM), one of our Major partner museums.

As one of the most popular attractions in the region, the museum has welcomed over 100,000 school children to explore world-class collections and to take part in many learning activities on offer.

Established in 1884 as the Hancock Museum, it reopened as the Great North Museum: Hancock in May 2009 after a major redevelopment. The new museum incorporates collections from the original Hancock Museum and Newcastle University’s former Museum of Antiquities and the Shefton Museum. The Great North Museum: Hancock brings the North East’s premier collections of archaeology, natural history, geology and world cultures together under one roof. 

Dr Sarah Glynn, Manager of the Great North Museum: Hancock, said:

'We are very excited to have welcomed over two million visitors to the museum and it is a fantastic thing to achieve within three and a half years. I am delighted that people of all ages are continuing to explore our galleries and attend our regular events and activities.

'I look forward to welcoming lots of new visitors to the museum, both from the region and further afield, and I hope people will continue to take advantage of this award-winning museum on their doorstep.'

Alison Clark-Jenkins, Regional Director, Arts Council England, said:

'This is a fantastic achievement for the Great North Museum: Hancock, and for Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. In a very short time the museum has become a cultural institution on Tyneside – bringing the much loved Hancock Museum, which stood before it, into the twenty first century.

'The learning and engagement programme at the museum is world class; from sleepovers and school trips to extraordinary events such as Newcastle’s annual culture weekend The Late Shows. It is a shining example of what public investment in arts and cultural can achieve, and it’s not hard to see why this venue has garnered so much support from the people of Newcastle, the North East and beyond.'

Links and further information

Great North Museum: Hancock

Arts Council England, North East

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums along with the Beamish and Bowes Museums are the Arts Council’s two Major partner museums in the North East. For more information about our work with museums click here.