New Inventors

Apply today: Inventor in Residence opportunity

Year 4 school children from Wingrove Primary School, New Inventors Showcase - March 2019 

Thanks to funding from the Platten Family Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, Discovery Museum is pleased to announce the return of New Inventors, a residency programme working with three practitioners, three primary schools and visitors to the museum over the course of 2018/19 to inspire children to pursue opportunities in STEM.

Discovery Museum tells the changing story of Tyneside and holds internationally important collections including those that showcase the region’s contribution to the history of invention and have had a significant impact on our lives. Today, the region continues to be at the centre of innovative research investigating what the future holds for Tyneside and how we can harness the power of data and technology to improve the lives of citizens and businesses.

Discovery Museum is seeking to recruit an innovative external practitioner working within contemporary engineering and the wider STEM industry to serve as an Inventor in Residence who will devise and deliver a bold programme with a focus on the theme of ‘Smart Cities.’ 

“Working as Inventor in Residence has been an opportunity to try out my ideas in a working museum with a fantastic collection which traces the industrial heritage of Newcastle right back to its roots. It has been extremely rewarding to work with museum visitors, pupils from Wingrove Primary and Discovery Staff to help harness their natural curiosity by designing, building, testing and dismantling new and old technologies, all in order to gain a better understanding of how the world around us works.” 

Matt Wright, Discovery Museum’s Inventor in Residence 


A fee of £5000 (equivalent to £200 a day for 25 days)

A production budget of £1000 is available for materials and technologies to deliver family and school activity.

We welcome quotations from applicants based in or outside the North East of England (in the UK or internationally) but please note that there is no separate budget for accommodation or travel. 


  • Deadline for submissions is now closed.
  • The appointment of the successful candidate will be no later than Wednesday 24 April 2019
  • The residency will take place across 12 weeks on agreed dates between Monday 29 April and 19 July 2019 


All proposals should be emailed as a PDF or a word document (no more than four pages of A4) with the subject title ‘Quotation: New Inventors – Inventors in Residence at Discovery Museum’ to Sarah Younas, Digital Producer at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums:

For further information, click to download the full brief (.pdf)

If you have any queries relating to this brief please contact Sarah Younas by email or on 0191 277 2324. 

Platten Family Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland