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 to let us know of your particular interests and your willingness to become involved.


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