The museum’s vision for the future

Centenary of the First World War


The Northumberland Fusiliers raised 52 battalions in the First World War, and over 17,000 men of the Northumberland Fusiliers lost their lives in WW1. The museum is marking the centenary of the War, and commemorating the service and the sacrifices of the Northumberland Fusiliers, with a special exhibition on the ground floor.



The museum plans engaging new displays and a more welcoming environment on all three floors. Through effective and imaginative use of the objects and resources available, the museum intends to enhance the experience for all visitors, and to offer the best possible learning opportunities.

The displays for the WW1 exhibition will be designed to allow the ground floor to be used for other exhibitions in the future.

Education and Activities


The project includes a special First World War exhibition, and the creation of a brand new programme of events, activities and volunteering opportunities.  Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project will benefit audiences old and new from all parts of the region and beyond.  The museum has appointed Nicola Day as Activities Officer to lead the activities programme.  It's an exciting time for the museum.  We're looking for reliable and friendly people of all ages to join our team of volunteers

Appeal for Funding: We need your help to raise £30,000

The trustees are very grateful for the support received from local charitable trusts, friends, subscribers, and donors. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded museum £291,300 but we need your help to raise a further £30,000.

Your support will make a difference, please help with a donation.

Service Respirator, World War II | A Tyneside Scottish Dirk

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Marching through Flanders 1914

Northumberland Fusiliers, 1914

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