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Friends of Discovery Museum; What we did in 2018

Apr 24 2019

We are a group of people who meet every Tuesday to repair, clean and refurbish the artefacts, exhibits and interactives in the various galleries.

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Parsons' Project Appeal

Mar 22 2019

Appeal for historic documents and artefacts from C A Parsons the company, Grubb Parsons, or anything relevant to the Parsons family who settled in Northumberland.

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Forthcoming talk on History and Technology at Discovery Museum on Tuesday 13th February 2018

Jan 22 2018

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Restoring Sir Charles Parsons' Resting Place

Jan 15 2018

There is a current crowdfunding campaign to restore the final resting place of Sir Charles and Lady Katharine Parsons

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Chairman's Christmas Message

Nov 28 2017

Friends and fellow members of FODM’s, I should like to wish you warmest greetings for the coming festive season

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FODMs Chrsitmas Gathering

Nov 09 2017

Diary date for Friends of Discovery Museum

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FODMs AGM Tuesday 27th June 12.00pm

Jun 13 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Discovery Museum will take place at 12-00 noon in the Turbinia Room (4th Floor) at the Discovery Museum

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Energising Exhibits

May 16 2017

FODMs members currently run engines and carry out repairs and maintenance of exhibits and equipment within the museum.

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FODMs Appeal for Volunteers

Apr 11 2017

We are a small group of retired, young at heart, enthusiastic individuals who use our collective engineering knowledge and experience providing support to Newcastle’s Discovery Museum.

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2017 Membership Renewal

Mar 17 2017

Note from The Secretary :

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FODMs Spring Bulletin

Mar 01 2017

FODMs Spring Bulletin has been sent out to members - you can read it online here

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Motor Cycles - Special Interest Group?

Feb 27 2017

Following the publication of my reminiscences last year on the motorcycling activities just around the corner from Discovery on Westgate Road

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From Discovery's Reference Library "English Without Tears"

Feb 10 2017

The Reference library at Discovery contains some 14,000 artefacts, including engineering firms' brochures and publicity material, magazines, journals and books.

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PROJECT : History of the Electricity Supply Industry in NE England

Jan 19 2017

The North East of England led the Country in the application of electricity to motive power in industry in the early years of the 20th Century.

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Volunteers in Uniform

Dec 19 2016

Our members who help out in the Discovery Museum by repairing and cleaning exhibits, running the engines and taking our Arcs and Sparks tours now have a natty new polo shirt to wear whilst carrying out their activities.

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Men And Sheds

Dec 02 2016

I have been asked by our chairman, Ian Burdon, to start a series of newsletter articles on this topic as an ongoing feature.

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Visit to Discovery by the Friends of the National Railway Museum

Nov 23 2016

Back in April FODMs members visited the Locomotion Museum at Shildon, County Durham.

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Invitation to Christmas Gathering Tuesday 6th December

Nov 08 2016

Dear Friends of Discovery Museum, you are cordially invited to join us for our Christmas meeting which will be held on Tuesday 6th December 12-00 noon to 2-00 pm in the Carpathia Room at Discovery Museum.

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Sir Charles Parsons Memorial Plaque

Oct 30 2016

During a recent Arcs and Sparks tour FODMs members discovered a beautiful and historic artwork :

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FODMS visit to the TWAM Collections Store at Beamish

Oct 18 2016

As Friends we know that visitors to the Discovery Museum marvel at the objects on display.

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One Man’s Shed

Sep 26 2016

The recent small display of a part of Newcastle’s motorcycling history in the Discovery Museum prompted me to dig out an article I wrote some years ago for a well-known motor cycling magazine.

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FODMS Quarterly Open Meeting 6th September

Aug 29 2016

Agenda for Quarterly Open meeting --- Tuesday 6th September 2016 at 12-30pm in the Carpathia Room at the Discovery Museum.

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The Young Engineer, Design & Technologist Competition

Aug 08 2016

YEDT is a collaborative venture between the Rotary Club of Hexham, The Think Physics initiative (Northumbria University) and the Friends of the Discovery Museum along with the Discovery Museum itself.

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Newcastle's Motorcycling Pioneers at Discovery

Jul 31 2016

An exhibition celebrating the motorcycling heritage of J.R Moore, Jesmond/Dene Motorcycles 1898-1922.

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Visit to Killhope & Nenthead Lead Mining Museums

Jun 21 2016

On the 25th of May a group of FODMs members headed for the hills.

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Visit to the Armstrong Swing Bridge

May 27 2016

The Armstrong Swing Bridge over the River Tyne might be one of Newcastle’s finest landmarks but probably few people get to see how it works

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FODMs Seat Repair

May 25 2016

Friends of the Discovery Museum have carried out repairs to a seat in the Soldier’s Life Gallery.

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FODMs AGM - Tuesday 7th June

May 18 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Discovery Museum will take place at 12-00 noon in the Carpathia Room at the Discovery Museum.

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C. A. Parsons - Heaton Works Journals Project

May 16 2016

As part of FODMs Science and Industry Library Project Chris Watson and David Murray have been electronically indexing the Parsons Heaton Works Journals and have now finished.

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Running The Engines Videos

May 13 2016

FODMs engine team run the engines in the Science Maze Gallery at least once per month. We have added a couple of videos of one of them running.

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FODMs Visit to Locomotion Railway Museum

May 06 2016

On a grey and misty April morning a group of FODMs members led by our Chairman Ian Burdon visited the Locomotion Railway Museum

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Newcastle's Motorcycling Pioneers - Volunteers needed

May 05 2016

The Discovery Museum will be hosting a fabulous new exhibition "Newcastle's Motorcycling Pioneers Part 1" which will take place over 3 weeks from 28th August-19th September 2016

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FODMs Membership

Apr 21 2016

Many thanks for supporting the Friends of Discovery Museum and many thanks to those members have already paid their membership subscription for 2016-17.

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Technical Archive

Apr 13 2016

FODMs are considering setting up a technical archive to save many of those valuable engineering resources from disappearing into the abyss

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Releasing Engineering Brilliance to Create Wealth & Fulfilment

Apr 11 2016

A Talk by Engineer Tony Trapp

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The Young Engineer, Design and Technologist Competition

Apr 07 2016

Each year FODMs help organise The Young Engineer, Design and Technologist competition.

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Easter Hols - Engines & Arcs & Sparks

Mar 22 2016

FODMs will be running our behind the scenes tour : Arcs & Sparks on Wed 6th April at 11am.

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Discovery Costumes and Textiles Tour

Mar 15 2016

FODMs recent quarterly meeting was followed by a tour of the TWAM costume and textiles collection store which is hidden away in its own room behind the scenes in the Discovery Museum.

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FODMs Derwent Railway Walk

Mar 08 2016

Following on from our visit to Tanfield Railway - FODMs members were invited to take part in a history walk along the Derwent Walk railway path, led by John Clayson Keeper of Science and Industry at Discovery museum.

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Restoration of Tyne Pedestrian & Cycle Tunnels - Talk

Mar 04 2016

If you've been following the progress of the upgrade and restoration of the pedestrian and cyclist Tyne Tunnels, you'll not want to miss this talk.

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FODMs Quarterly Open Meeting and Costume & Textiles Tour

Mar 02 2016

Agenda for Quarterly Open meeting --- Tuesday 8th March 2015 at 12-30 pm in the Carpathia Room at the Discovery Museum

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Membership notes

Mar 01 2016

Hi everyone, just to let you know I will shortly be sending out the 2016 membership renewals.

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Helping The Discovery Museum

Feb 24 2016

FODMs members are helping the Discovery Museum team to index the collection of Parsons Company Heaton Works Journals.

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All Spick and Span

Feb 21 2016

Whilst Discovery is a great museum it is unfortunately not housed in a purpose built hermetically sealed dust proof building.

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Friends Visit To The Tanfield Railway

Feb 19 2016

On a sunny but somewhat chilly day in November a group of FODMs members took to the hills above Gateshead.

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The History of Electricity Supply in North East England - A Project to establish an Archive

Feb 14 2016

Many innovations during the Industrial Revolution were pioneered in North East England.  One which is perhaps less-well known to the public at large than railways and iron ships is electricity supply.

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Members Derwent Walk CANCELLED

Jan 30 2016

Please note that the FODMs members Derwent Railway Walk scheduled for Monday 1st Feb has been cancelled due to weaher forecast.

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Chairman's Welcome To The Website

Jan 27 2016

Welcome to our new website!

Whilst we have discussed (and agreed!) the need for a website for a long time now ...

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A Note From The Chairman

Dec 01 2015

Another Season has passed by and here we are, well on our way to the Christmas gathering on 8th December at 12.30 at the Museum

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Explaining The Science

Oct 01 2015

The Science Maze Gallery at Discovery Museum is a great place for children of all ages to get hands on with science.

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Message from the Manager

Sep 01 2015

Bearing in mind the good weather visitors numbers at Discovery over the summer holidays were high.

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Arcs & Sparks Success

Dec 24 2015

TWAM Science & Industry Curator John Clayson reports that the FODMs supported Arcs & Sparks electrical collections project has been a great success.

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Running The Engines

Jun 01 2015

A group of FODMs members are now running the Science Maze Gallery engines during the school holiday periods.

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Tyne & Wear Heritage Forum

May 01 2015

FODMs has joined the newly formed Tyne & Wear Heritage Forum (TWHF).

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Challenger 2 - Main Battle Tank

Mar 01 2015

Discovery Museum has a spectacular new outdoor exhibit

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Arcs and Sparks

Feb 01 2015

Last November FODMs helped the Discovery Science and Industry team to buy some new demonstration equipment for the Arcs & Sparks project.

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New FODMs Office for 2015

Jan 23 2015

Our new office at the far end of the Story of the Tyne gallery on the first floor is now up and running.

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