TWAM to open gallery dedicated to migration in north east

Simon Stephens, 08.11.2012
Making of Modern Tyneside gallery to be unveiled in July 2013
Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) is to open a gallery dedicated to migration in the north east, delegates to the Museums Association conference in Edinburgh heard today.

The Making of Modern Tyneside gallery at the Discovery Museum will be unveiled in July 2013 and will look at historic and more recent migration to the city. Plans for the space were outlined by Kylea Little, keeper of history at the TWAM.

“One of the challenges is to represent the complexity of migration to Tyneside while making sure the content is accessible and digestible,” said Little, who was speaking at a session called Shifting Populations: Museums and Galleries of Migration.

The aim of the session was ask whether museums can contribute to a greater understanding of population movements across the UK and Europe.

Other speakers included Simone Elick, the director of the Deutsches Auswandererhaus (German Emigration Museum) in Bremerhaven, and Chris Whitehead, professor of museology at the International Centre for Culture and Heritage at Newcastle University.

Whitehead is part of a four-year long European Commission-funded research project called MELA, European Museums in an Age of Migrations. The aim of the programme is to identify innovative museum practices in in relation to portraying global migration.

A book related to the project will soon be available to download for free from the MELA website.