A History of the North in 100 Objects is a website-based project intended to showcase the pioneering spirit and impact of the North of England’s inventors, artists, scientists and designers and is due to be launched on Wednesday 13 June 2018, as part of Great Exhibition of the North, 22 June – 9 September. It is funded by the National Lottery and developed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM).
Nominated by staff from museums and galleries across Northern England, A History of the North in 100 Objects brings together objects that illustrate the richness that comes from this region and its people, such as the creation of railways, a flourishing artistic life, the drive for social reform, and the sheer breadth and depth of world renowned inventions. These 100 objects tell just some of the inspiring stories that reveal the North’s ability to reinvent itself, to survive, thrive and create new futures for itself and others.
Iain Watson, Director, TWAM, said:
“The North of England is a hub of creativity and innovation. It’s where railways were born, it’s been home to some of our most creative inventors and now it’s a hub of scientific and industrial innovation. These 100 objects, selected by, and displayed in, Museums across Northern England reflect some of these stories. We won’t have everyone’s favourite object, but hope people will think about what objects tell stories they recognise as representing the North to them. Thank you to National Lottery players who have made this project possible.”
An interactive and engaging website has been specially created where these fascinating objects can be viewed: http://www.100objectsnorth.co.uk. Users can search for objects by location, time period, size (represented by animals) or theme. The ten big themes explored in the project are: Travel & Transport, Art & Design, Work & Industry, Religion & Faith, Inventions & Innovations, Sport & Leisure, Music & Entertainment, Landscape & Natural History, Politics & Protest, and Words & Literature.
Visitors to the website are invited to curate their own collection by saving up to 10 objects into a personal ‘exhibition’ which can then be shared via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn or email. Users can vote for their favourite exhibitions and the most popular will be displayed prominently on the website. A key feature of Great Exhibition of the North, A History of the North in 100 Objects is also intended to act as a legacy for the Exhibition, as the website will be kept live for the foreseeable future.
The development of the website has been made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players and awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) who provided a grant of over £800,000 towards TWAM’s participation in Great Exhibition of the North.
Ivor Crowther, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North East, said: “Choosing 100 objects to tell the story of the North of England must have been incredibly hard, there are so many fascinating collections to choose from! The curators have done a fantastic job and we’re delighted that National Lottery funding will give people across the UK and beyond the chance to see objects they never would have been able to otherwise and build their own collections of the stories that inspire them.”
Taking place from 22 June – 9 September 2018 across NewcastleGateshead, Great Exhibition of the North is a free, once-in-a-lifetime event which celebrates great art and culture, design and innovation from across the North. Full of amazing exhibits, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and magical experiences, it will tell the inspiring story of the North of England and how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers have shaped our present and are inspiring our future.