Toon Times


Local authorities have hailed the "great success" of a special Newcastle United Football Club exhibition which has attracted record visitor numbers to the city's Discovery Museum.

Almost 200,000 visitors have visited the Toon Times exhibition since it was launched by a host of current and former Magpies players in February, with each taking a step back in time to learn about the Club's illustrious history through a wide range of famous artefacts and interactive displays.

The exhibition, which is free to visit and will run until October, is the culmination of a flourishing partnership between the Newcastle United Foundation and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, and is the showpiece of the Foundation's Toon Times educational programme.

The programme, sponsored by Premier League PFA Community Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and leading North-East teaching agency First Class Supply, promotes the benefits of learning to 15,000 local youngsters across 430 Tyneside schools.

In a letter to the Newcastle United Foundation on behalf of a committee comprising four local councils, Iain Watson, director at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, commented: "The exhibition has been one of the most popular and successful at the Discovery Museum in recent years and has appealed to our regular family audience as well as a new audience of football fans who might have never visited the museum otherwise.

"The associated learning and other activities have also been hugely successful."

Kate Bradley, head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: "We are thrilled that the Toon Times exhibition has been so successful and I would like to pass on our sincere thanks to Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and the staff at the Discovery Museum for their contributions.

"The ethos of the Newcastle United Foundation is to use the power of football and the Club's special position in the community in a very positive way.

"Toon Times has captured that ethos perfectly and we are delighted to see the entire programme benefitting so many young people, their families and now visitors to the city."

The Discovery Museum is located in Blandford Square close to St. James' Boulevard and is open from 10am-4pm midweek and 11am-4pm on weekends. Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.twmuseums.org.uk.

To find out more about the Newcastle United Foundation and how it is improving the lives of 50,000 people in the local community each year, visit www.nufc.co.uk/foundation.