"They brought out the potential of the brief in ways we couldn't imagine."
John Millard, Keeper of Liverpool Museum (Previously Senior Curator TWM)

Museum of the Tyne, Newcastle

Completed: 2005    Budget: 3.6M    Size: 2000 m


Our brief was to create a series of four galleries 'Story of the Tyne', 'Working Lives', 'Tyneside Challenge' and 'Playtyne' that would celebrate the inventiveness of Tynesiders and the history of the river at the heart of the community. This was a complex project occupying the entire first floor of the Discovery Museum. Galleries on the ground and second floor of this large site remained open throughout the works.

The galleries won an award for the Best Use of Technology, Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence 2005.

Exhibition Design

'Story of the Tyne', one of the four new galleries at Discovery Museum, is a multifaceted thematic interpretation that tells the story of the irresistible industrial momentum that built up around the Tyne, showing how the interaction of science, technology and industry with environment, ecology, landscape and culture have moulded the character of Tyneside. 'Working Lives' explores the working lives of the people of Tyneside. The core of the gallery is the 'object theatre', which encourages visitors to make meaningful connections with museum objects. A lively and emotive portrayal of working life is presented through a combination of controlled lighting, film projection and audio effects. Scripted drama, oral history and song communicate the human stories behind each object.


Redman Design worked closely with the client team to develop distinct graphic identities for each new gallery that met the high standard of access requirements demanded by Tyne and Wear Museums.


As part of the masterplan for the redevelopment of the museum, we developed a plan for visitor flow and orientation. This included spending several days observing visitor movement and dwell points on weekdays, weekends and holidays before making recommendations on how best to display Turbinia (the first turbine driven vessel) in the vast atrium space.