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21st September, 2015

Adam Bell, Assistant Keeper of Social History at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery - treasured items and unique stories
On Monday, 21st September the members of South Shields Local History Group are pleased to welcome Adam Bell, Assistant Keeper of Social History at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery. The origins of the Museum in Ocean Road stretch back to 1876, when a Museum Room was opened in the town’s Free Public Library. Natural history specimens and antiquities dominated the early displays, with exhibits including fossilised ferns, Cyprian vases, the skull of a Bengal Tiger, a pair of Laplandic reindeer boots and even a chicken with two heads, four wings and four feet.
For almost 140 years the museum has continued to add to its collections, with a particular emphasis today on illustrating the unique stories of the people of South Tyneside and their place in history - locally, nationally and internationally.

Join Adam for a richly illustrated talk surveying some of the museum’s most treasured items, many of which are set to feature in a new permanent gallery in the museum, due to open in October this year.