Story of the Tyne

The stories of the people and industries from Tynemouth and South Shields to Scotswood and Blaydon.

Boy and girl age about ten in Story of the Tyne



Visitor Information

During museum opening hours*

*Please note: the Story of the Tyne gallery will be closed on 12 September 2023. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 


The River Tyne is one of Britain's most successful trading rivers and a powerhouse of the nation.

This gallery highlights some of the key industries that scatter the shores of the Tyne from the mouth of the river between Tynemouth and South Shields all the way up past Scotswood and Blaydon.

Displays include full size boats, a ship model wall, a model of the river as it flows from its source, and models of the important routes across the river.

With interactive pulleys, an exploration of the river wildlife and a movable model of the Swing Bridge.