Dan Jackson Top Picks

North east historian Dan Jackson, author of The Northumbrians: The North East of England and its People, A New History, highlights five favourite objects in the museum in these short films.

Ship model of H.M.S Nelson

Here, Dan explores the ship model of the Tyne-built battleship H.M.S Nelson, launched in the 1920s and which provided fire cover at the Normandy landings in 1944 and the formal surrender of the Japanese in Penang 1945. 

Maling pottery and Newcastle's 'white mice'

In this film Dan Jackson explores lesser known industries of Newcastle, the Maling pottery works and the predominantly female workforce. 

The Printing Press

In this film Dan discusses how 18c Newcastle was the fourth largest printing and publishing centre in the country, after London and Oxbridge. 

The Victorian drinking culture of Scotswood Road, Newcastle

Here Dan explores the hard drinking culture along Scotswood Road, Newcastle, during the Victorian era, immortalised in Geordie anthem The Blaydon Races, and the industries that were prevalent then. 

A c1849 Newcastle & Northumberland Volunteer Cavalry Uniform

In this episode, Dan examines the duality of the adornments and design of the uniform of a soldier from Newcastle & Northumberland Volunteer Cavalry, dated at around 1849. This uniform can be seen in Charge! The Story of England's Northern Cavalry gallery.