The Friends of Discovery Museum

Discovery is a fantastic science museum and local history museum situated in an old Co-operative Wholesale Society building, Blandford House. Opening in 1899, it quickly became an iconic building in Newcastle city centre. Blandford House became a museum in 1978 and was re-launched as Discovery Museum in 1993.

The Friends (FODMs) are a group of kindred spirits who take a keen interest in the technical and social history of the North East of England. This interest covers the industries, organisations and people of the Region, the artefacts associated with them and a bygone way of life.

FODMs involve themselves in various ways at the museum, ranging from running the engines in the science gallery, acting as science "explainers" in the museum and running behind the scenes tours.

We support the Museum by involving ourselves in the maintenance and repair of the exhibits, particularly the more complex machinery, organising lectures and talks on subjects of a general technical interest and visits to local and regional sites of special technical historic interest.  We undertake special projects involving the displays and galleries at the Museum and research and collect artefacts on specific technical sectoral activities, both past and present, in the Region.

The Friends are keen to become involved in projects to win ‘hearts and minds’ of young persons to inspire them to take up a career in science, technology or engineering and we have hosted the annual ‘Young Engineers Design and Technology’ competition for schoolchildren to demonstrate their design and construction skills for a number of years.

The group meets regularly at the Museum and anyone who has an interest in the science and technology base of the Region, and who wishes to become actively involved, will be welcomed.

Get in touch via email at info@fodms.com to let us know of your particular interests and your willingness to become involved.

Events

  • FODMs Quarterly Committee Meeting - Xmas Gathering

    Tue 5th Dec 2017 - 12:00 PMmore details

  • Behind The Scenes Tour : Arcs & Sparks Tour

    Wed 6th Dec 2017 - 11:00 AMmore details

Events Calendar

News

  • FODMs Chrsitmas Gathering

    Diary date for Friends of Discovery Museum

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  • FODMs AGM Tuesday 27th June 12.00pm

    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

    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

    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

    Note from The Secretary :

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  • FODMs Spring Bulletin

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

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  • Motor Cycles - Special Interest Group?

    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"

    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

    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

    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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