Preview: The Curious Case Of… @ The Great North Museum
By Lizzie Longley on July 19, 2012 in Art & Design
With its most recent exhibition, the Hancock has easily managed to cast aside the common misconception among teenagers that museums are places filled with boring old rubbish. A group of 100 young people from Newcastle, Durham and Middlesbrough have been spending time marketing and researching an exhibition of items they found in the collections of North East museums.
What made them choose these items? Nothing more than curiosity. The research led by the group has resulted in the uncovering of many and sometimes extraordinary tales behind these often ordinary items. Discovering how objects from around the world have found themselves in the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museum’s collection adds to the element of mystery these items behold.
The inspiration behind the exhibition is local legend Captain Cook, who himself collected many artefacts during his three voyages across the Pacific Ocean.
In its attempt to inspire young people to take more of an interest in museums, the Hancock certainly delivers. The ethnographic collection is sure to be an incredibly thought-provoking exhibition and offers people the chance to explore other world cultures, no matter what their age.
- Exhibition Review: Tomb It May Concern